Chelsea told Nicolas Tagliafico is theirs by Ajax if they fork out £22.4m
Ajax have told Chelsea it will cost them £22.4m to sign Nicolas Tagliafico in the summer transfer window.
It came after the Blues made the Argentina international a top target following pursuits for Ben Chilwell and Alex Telles.
Leicester have slapped a huge asking price on Chilwell, one that Frank Lampard knows the club cannot afford.
And Paris St-Germain are rumoured to be ahead in the race for Porto’s Telles.
Tagliafico, on the other hand, looks set to leave Ajax after two and a half years at the club.
The 27-year-old has been famed for his lung-bursting runs forward and his impressive stamina.
He was a major part of the side that reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019, beating Real Madrid and Juventus along the way.
Ajax managed to keep hold of many of their stars that summer, though Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt did leave.
According to the Telegraph, Ajax have informed suitors that Tagliafico is available for £22.4m.
It comes after his agent, Ricardo Schlieper, confirmed his client is on his way out of the Eredivisie.
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.”
Chelsea have been further boosted after the full-back admitted that the Premier League would be his preferred destination, amid interest from Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan.
Speaking earlier this month to Argentinian station Radio Continental, the Argentine said: “Ajax it’s a great club.
“But as a player of course you dream of playing in the biggest leagues and the Premier League is right now the most competitive one, a bit above La Liga and Serie A.”