Chelsea battle with top clubs to sign Ajax defender as Ben Chilwell replacement
CHELSEA face new stiff competition from Atletico Madrid for Nicolas Tagliafico this summer.
The Argentina international is on the Blues’ list as a back-up replacement if top target Leicester City Ben Chilwell demonstrates excessively expensive.
Nicolas Tagliafico has a verbal agreement with Ajax that he can leave for £24.5m this summer having acknowledged a year ago to remain another season.
Atletico Madrid were keen on the left-back a year ago and are comprehended to be enthusiastic about signing the 27-year-old in the upcoming transfer window.
However, with the effect of the coronavirus gnawing, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is probably going to need to sell before he can purchase.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is frantic to support his left-back choices when the transfer market opens.
He is unconvinced by both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, who has been connected with a move back to Italy with Inter Milan.
Rather, Chelsea boss has regularly played the right-footed Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back this term.
Nicolas Tagliafico, who has 25 caps, helped Ajax to the head of the Eredivisie before the Dutch season was relinquished on account of Covid-19 pandemic.
In any case, Chelsea face still competition for his signature from Manchester City.
Etihad boss Guardiola has Angelino, Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko on his books.
The Manchester City boss considers the to be back spot as a place that necessities fill in as he builds a team equipped for challenging both in the Premier League and Champions League.