According to a report from the Telegraph, Chelsea are lining up a £23 million bid for alleged West Ham target Nicolas Tagliafico.
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Hammers boss David Moyes will surely be looking to sign a new left-back this summer. And the east London outfit have recently been linked with a move for the 27-year-old Ajax ace this summer (Mundo Deportivo).
Aaron Cresswell has regressed badly over the past 12 months whilst Arthur Masuaku is nowhere near consistent enough to feature regularly for West Ham.
So Tagliafico – a 25-capped Argentina international, would have been the ideal summer addition for the Hammers.
They will have their work cut-out now, however, with Chelsea reportedly considering a summer swoop for the Ajax star.
If the South American has a choice between joining Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge or David Moyes at the London Stadium, there will surely only be one outcome.
Tagliafico is a vastly experienced defender. He has played at the very highest level for a sustained period of time.
And £23 million for his services seems like an absolute bargain.
The 27-year-old left-back has racked up 12 goals and 15 assists in 99 appearances for Ajax (Transfermarkt).
In 24 Eredivisie outings this season, Tagliafico has recored three goals and four assists. He has averaged 2.5 tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 2.1 clearances. The Argentine has also averaged 1.5 dribbles per game during those appearances (Who Scored).
West Ham will obviously have to retain their Premier League status, if they are to have any chance whatsoever of signing the Argentine.
Even if they do that, however, he might just be out of their reach. Especially if Chelsea come knocking for the Ajax ace.