Report: Chelsea now interested in Champions League full-back, but he's entered talks with different club already

Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing full-back Nicolas Tagliafico from Dutch giants Ajax, but are yet to make an offer for him.

According to TcY Sports, the Blues have Ajax’s 29-year-old on their radar as they desperately try to sign a left-back during the current January transfer window.

It is understood that Thomas Tuchel’s side are yet to make a bid, though.

The report explains French club Marseille are chasing his signature, with their manager Jorge Sampaoli contacting him on the phone after previously coaching him on the international stage with Argentina. However, Ajax will not accept Marseille’s approach of taking the left-back on loan.

Finally, Barcelona are also named as potential suitors for Tagliafico.

Tagliafico, who’s got 36 caps for Argentina, is a top quality player who’s enjoyed a lot of success playing in Holland.

Also, he’s got great experience in the Champions League, which includes a run to the last-16 of this season’s European competition.

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Chelsea need LWB signed urgently

Tagliafico is definitely a player Chelsea fans can be content with if the club sign him this month, but any deal needs to take place quickly.

The South American is an attack-minded full-back who would suit the wing-back system at Stamford Bridge. He would be great competition for Marcos Alonso in the second half of this season, too.

Ben Chilwell’s long-term injury means the Blues are crying out for a new wing-back, and Tagliafico ticks a lot of boxes when searching for someone.

One minor concern may be whether or not he can adapt from the Dutch league to the Premier League quickly, something that’s not happened smoothly for Hakim Ziyech since his transfer from Ajax to Chelsea.

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