Chelsea have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Leicester star Ben Chilwell after it emerged the Foxes are willing to sell the left-back. The Blues have already signed Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech, while Timo Werner of RB Leipzig has also agreed to head to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are also hoping to land Chilwell as Frank Lampard looks to bolster his squad this summer.
And according to The Guardian, Leicester are willing to sell the England international in a boost to Lampard’s transfer plans.
However, the Foxes will not let the 23-year-old go cheap.
It’s claimed Leicester could demand up to £80m for the left-back this summer.
Despite Chelsea going all out for Chilwell, Lampard has been urged to focus his attention elsewhere.
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Ex-West Ham midfielder Don Hutchison says the Blues should sign Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico instead.
“Tagliafico all day long,” Hutchison said on ESPN FC.
“We talk about transfer fees, the Chilwell transfer fee in the U.K., they’re saying over £75m-£80m which I think is astronomical.
“I look around Europe and I see loads of left-backs that are really good, if not better. I see [Marvin] Plattenhardt, I see Philipp Max.
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“I think Tagliafico is the best one out there at Ajax, I think he’s terrific and I don’t think he will cost anywhere near £80m, half the money I would imagine.
“So he would get my pick, the Argentinian.”
Former Blues midfielder Craig Burley, however, reckons Chilwell could turn Chelsea into title contenders.
“The other signing we talked about there, Ben Chilwell, I really like him, really, really like him,” Burley added.
“I looked at clubs in England that might need a left-back, I thought Man City, who have got full-backs but have had a problem in that area, might go for him.
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“If Chelsea can get Ben Chilwell, that would be a huge signing as well because he’s got unbelievable pace to get up and down that wing. When Lampard likes to play [Marcos] Alonso, it’s in a back three.
“He doesn’t like him as a full-back. He has to play [Cesar] Azpilicueta there but he’s a right footer.
“Ben Chilwell will give them great balance down that left-hand side and if he can get those two signings, on top of all those other players we’ve mentioned, Chelsea will be in the mix next season. There’s not a doubt about it for me.”
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