Chelsea offered Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico for a cheap price
Premier League giants Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico for just £22.4 million this summer, if reports in England are to be believed.
It is claimed that Frank Lampard initially eyed a move for English international left-back Ben Chilwell but Leicester City have slapped a £40 million price-tag on the 23-year-old. Reports in Engand claim that Chelsea have been made aware of Tagliafico's relatively low fee and the fact that the Argentine is keen on a move to England.
The Blues have already developed a strong relationship with Ajax following the £37m deal to bring Hakim Ziyech to Stamford Bridge this summer that could help them smoothly complete a deal for Tagliafico.
The Argentine full-back has evolved into one of Europe's best left-backs since arriving at the Johan Cruyff Arena in 2018. The Blues made checks on him before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak
The 27-year-old impressed in Ajax's run to the semi-finals of the Champions League last year but now it seems he is ready to move on to pastures new.
As quoted by the Evening Standard, the defender's agent Ricardo Schlieper said:
“We are looking for a transfer for Tagliafico."
"We have agreed with Ajax that he would leave this year. After having spent two-and-a-half seasons at the club, it’s the ideal moment for it.
"If football goes back to being normal, a transfer could be done for Tagliafico. There are clubs that are interested but we have to see how everything pans out with football and the pandemic."
“I will never mention a name of the club we are speaking with because it hurts the negotiations for us and the player.”
Arsenal have also re-entered the race with rivals Chelsea for Tagliafico's signature following up from their interest in him last summer. Last year, the Gunners were keen on the Ajax star but the Dutch giants weren't keen on losing another valuable asset after the exits of star duo Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus and Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona.
Despite eventually signing Kieran Tierney, Arsenal are now thought to be keen on another left-back this summer, to allow Bukayo Saka to move naturally further up the pitch.
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