Per reports in the English media, Chelsea are set to make an offer for Ajax fullback Nicolas Tagliafico. It is widely expected that manager Frank Lampard would strengthen the left-back position with current options Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri set to be sold in the summer. Lamoard has said in the past that he does not see the duo in his long term plan for the club.

Leicester defender Ben Chilwell is regarded as the first choice for the Blues but there are indications that he could be too expensive with the Foxes valuing the defender at around £70 million. This could force the club to look for less expensive options and Tagliafico has been identified as the perfect fit for the club.

One player who doesn’t want to see Chilwell depart the club is Johnny Evans. The former Man Utd player has revealed that Chillwell is an important part of the club and he will want to continue to play alongside the England international.

Chelsea have signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax already and they believe they can reach an agreement for the talented full back.

It is understood that Chelsea have contacted his representatives and there is a growing indication that he could be available for around £25 million in the summer. The Argentine international has developed into a quality defender in Holland and could be the man to step up for the London club next season.

Leicester are also monitoring Tagliafico’s situation, the Foxes have identified the player as a potential replacement for Ben Chilwell should he move to Chelsea.

Tagliafico is also attracting interest from Borussia Dortmund. The German outfit see the player as a direct replacement for Achraf Hakimi. Hakimi is expected to leave Dortmund at the end of the season.