A recent report in the English media has linked Chelsea with Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico.
Tagliafico has been on Ajax’s books since January of 2018.
The Dutch giants are understood to have paid just under £4m to Independiente for the Argentine’s services.
And that fee has since proven to be something of a bargain, given how impressive Tagliafico has proven both domestically and in Europe for Ajax.
All told, the 27-year-old has notched 99 appearances across all competitions for the capital outfit, in which he has scored 12 and assisted 15 – a solid goal contribution record for a full-back.
Ajax’s 2019/20 domestic campaign was eventually cut short due to Covid-19, but the left-back still managed to net three and assist four in 24 league outings, en route to the Eredivisie title.
Chelsea eyeing Tagliafico
Despite his presence as such a key figure at Ajax, and the fact that the South American has just under two years left on his current contract, though, Tagliafico appears to be eyeing a fresh challenge.
The 27-year-old’s agent claimed back in May that he was seeking out a transfer for his client.
Around the same time, it was claimed that Chelsea had been informed that they could sign Tagliafico for £22.4m.
Very little has happened on that front since, though, with the Blues widely reported to have switched their attentions to Ben Chilwell.
However, it now looks as though the Londoners are once again eyeing Tagliafico.
As per a recent report from Sky Sports News:
Chelsea have expressed an interest in signing Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico.
It is added that whilst Chilwell remains Chelsea’s main left-back target, Leicester and the capital outfit are miles apart regarding a potential transfer fee, with Tagliafico viewed as an alternative signing.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.