According to Daily Express, Chelsea are preparing an offer for Argentina international Nicolas Tagliafico.
The 25-cap Argentina international is expected to leave Ajax this summer, the boss of the Dutch club has confirmed.
Chelsea have already signed Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner for a combined £86million but Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants a left-back.
Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell is reportedly Lampard’s first choice signing at left-back but with the Premier League side demanding £80 million for Chilwell, the Blues have identified Tagliafico as an alternative.
Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag recently confirmed Tagliafico will leave Ajax.
“The transfer market will start in August – the top leagues are now being played out, so the money flows are maintained,” Ten Hag told Het Parool.
“The market value of players will be slightly depressed, but not much. Based on their performance and ambition, a number of our players also want to make the move abroad.
“Agreements have been made with Andre Onana, Donny van de Beek and Nicolas Tagliafico, but it remains to be seen whether the market is indeed breaking loose.
“For Onana and Van de Beek, another year of Ajax could certainly be an option, for Tagliafico it is slightly different because of his age.
“In the preparation I am going to try Lisandro Martínez in that position. He has also played in midfield with us, but he is a defender.”