Chelsea could be forced into the January transfer market following the latest news on left-back Ben Chilwell.
understands that the England international is now set to miss the remainder of the season as he requires surgery on his knee ligament injury this week.
The Chelsea defender was always set to be missing until the New Year, with the decision over whether he needed surgery proving pivotal on his return date – and, unfortunately for the 25-year-old, he may have played his last match of the campaign already.
So, with Chilwell out for the time being, it may force Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel into the transfer market next month as he looks to keep tabs with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City in this season’s title race.
They of course have Marcos Alonso, who can play as the left wing-back and has been doing so in Chilwell’s recent absence, but Tuchel is rather light in that position otherwise.
Although the aforementioned three picks may be new to Chelsea’s radar, Marina Granovskaia’s recruitment team could turn their attention to someone on their shortlist while Frank Lampard was in charge.
Vetoed after Chilwell’s £50million signing from Leicester City, Ajax left-back Tagliafico almost joined London rivals West Ham United this past summer but remains in Amsterdam.
Out of contract in 18 months’ time, this could be another snip for the Blues and at 29, a short-term fix could suit all parties.
Tagliafico will be the perfect replacement for Chilwell to if Marina Granovskaia seal the deal this January transfer window.