Fabrizio Romano: Chelsea haven’t opened any talks with Ajax over Nicolás Tagliafico
According to the transfer expert fabrice romanoDespite showing interest in December, Chelsea made no formal approach to sign Nicolás Tagliafico from Ajax in January.
Chelsea’s left-back options have taken a hit this campaign following Ben Chilwell’s injury. The only viable choice Thomas Tuchel currently has is Marcos Alonso. However, the Spaniard is getting older and might find it difficult to manage his busy schedule.
Tuchel used alternative options like Saúl Ñíguez, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Malang Sarr to share the pressure on this flank, but it’s unreasonable to expect the same impact from them in this position as a natural left-back.
Therefore, the search for a left-back in winter was obvious. Chelsea was interested to Nicolás Tagliafico in December and the Argentine has been a regular for the Eredivisie side for the past few seasons.
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The Ajax star, however, fell down the pecking order under Erik ten Hag after a slow start to the season. He is no longer an irreplaceable option on the left flank of his current team and his career in the Netherlands is becoming more and more difficult due to the lack of playing time.
Tagliafico has attracted a lot of attention from Napoli, who are still pushing for a loan. However, according to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea have not do any new approach regarding his signing in the January window.
After failing to land Lucas Digne and being blocked by Lyon in their bid to bring back Emerson Palmieri, our squad have yet to bring a new face to Stamford Bridge this month. And with two weeks remaining in the window, it remains to be seen if we sign anyone in February.
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The Blues board have managed to recall Robert Kenedy from Flamengo, who can provide short-term cover in this area. Tagliafico, who turns 30 this year, has the same age profile as Marcos Alonso.
If we want to sign a left-back to compete with Chilwell in the long term, it would be wiser to sign a younger player in that role. In that regard, it’s not a big setback knowing that we haven’t had talks for Tagliafico this month. But bringing in a new left-back this month would definitely be something the fans would agree with.