Chelsea will now reportedly face competition for Atletico Madrid if they want to sign Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico this summer.

The Sun reports that the Blues have the 27-year-old on their shortlist of potential left-back targets ahead of the summer window, with Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell the first-choice option in that position.

It is understood that Tagliafico has a verbal agreement with Dutch giants Ajax to leave for £24.5million in the next window, as he agreed to stay for another season last year.

The report explains that Spanish outfit Atletico were keen on the full-back last year and have reignited their interest in him, but may have to sell before they buy.

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Tagliafico has been linked with Chelsea recently as a possible solution for the full-back position, with both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri struggling to cement a role in the starting XI this season under manager Frank Lampard.

The left-back was an ever-present in an Ajax side that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season and he’s once again caught the eye this season.

He is a 25-time capped Argentina international that loves to fly forward with pace and he’s got the delivery into the box to go with that too.

The left-footed defender scored five goals and supplied seven assists this season in just 38 games across all competitions.

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Tagliafico clearly looks an impressive target in terms of his quality going forward, but above that he’s shown he is defensively strong one-on-one and he could help to tighten up a vulnerable Chelsea backline.

The South American speedster would be an absolute steal if signed for £24.5million and Lampard may be wise to make him the priority above Chilwell.

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