Chelsea are targeting a new left-back when the transfer window reopens, this has been deemed as a priority. At the moment, the blues have acquired Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner – signings that will drastically improve the forward line. However, this season the defence has been a worry with the blues conceding a staggering amount of goals in the league. One position that needs addressing, once the scheduled arrival of Kai Havertz is finalised is the left-back area.
Alex Telles of Porto was top of the list earlier in the year, but, that deal looks far from completion and so the blues will need to look elsewhere. Frank Lampard knows that Chelsea certainly need to bolster in the left-back department which has been a problem in recent years with Marcos Alonso and Emerson failing to make that position their own.
Usually the blues are linked with a number of players in the transfer window. Once again, history seems to have repeated itself with Chelsea being heavily linked with a number of left-back options to sign. Here are three that would certainly make a difference for their own reasons, if Chelsea attempt to sign them.
Alex Grimaldo – SL Benfica
Alex Telles isn’t the only quality left-back in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Alex Grimaldo of Benfica is another option for Chelsea in the summer after getting rave reviews about the full-back in recent seasons.
The Spaniard is one of best full-backs in the league along with Alex Telles and is three years younger than the Brazilian. The 24-year-old, who graduated from the famed La Masia youth academy of Barcelona, is similar to Jordi Alba in many ways and Chelsea should certainly consider a move for the bombarding full-back. He is a vital element in Benfica’s attack and is defensively pretty solid too. A long-term prospect for Chelsea, given the player’s age, but, he would be an assured signing if available at the right price.
Ben Chilwell – Leicester City
The English full-back has been long heavily linked with the Blues for some time now and still remains at the top of the wish list. One of the reasons why the club opted for Telles was because of Chilwell’s high asking price. However, he is one of the best full-backs in the Premier League, but his form dipped near the end of the season and that led to other options being assessed.
The 23-year-old can contribute both in defence, as well as in attack, an element lacking in both Alonso and Emerson as they both only are good for attacking. At the age he is, Leicester City are likely to demand more than £60m for Chilwell who is regarded as one of the best in the league. If money is not a problem, Chelsea signing Chilwell would be an absolute no-brainer.
Nicolas Tagliafico – Ajax
Since the Argentine international joined Eredivisie giants Ajax in the summer of 2017, Tagliafico has established himself as one of Europe’s most consistent left-backs. At 27, it is time for him to move to a bigger club in the top five leagues in Europe and Chelsea can certainly offer him that opportunity.
Tagliafico is easily the best full-back in Eredivisie and is one of the best all-round full-backs in Europe as well. He is also likely to cost much lesser than Chilwell, making him an excellent option for the Blues if they were to exercise buying him.
All three would improve Chelsea in their own ways. For the benefit of the club, the cheaper option in Tagliafico would be the best move, in my opinion, because he has the experience in defence and attack, as well as having a great understanding with Chelsea’s new signing, Hakim Ziyech.
Lampard has always been an admirer of Chilwell and if the club attempt to sign the English international, then as fans, we have to respect the clubs decision and get behind the player once they join.