Ajax happy to let Nicolas Tagliafico join Chelsea this summer for this reason

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is desperate to sign a new left back with Leicester’s Ben Chilwell and Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico in his transfer shortlist.

Ben Chilwell is Lampard’s top transfer target but with Leicester City demanding a mammoth fee for the left-back, Tagliafico is being eyed as an alternative. The Ajax left-back is available for a fee of just £22.5 million.

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has admitted the 27 year old left-back will be allowed to leave Ajax this summer because of his age.

He told Het Parool via Voetbal: “For [Andre] Onana and [Donny] Van de Beek, another year at Ajax could certainly be an option, for Tagliafico – because of his age – something different.

“In preparation I will try Lisandro Martinez at that position.”

Ricardo Schlieper, the agent of the Ajax left-back had previously confirmed Tagliafico will be allowed to leave Ajax this summer.

He 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.”

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