Ben Chilwell is Chelsea’s first-choice signing in the left-back role this summer, but manager Frank Lampard and club chiefs have pinpointed two alternatives should they fail to sign the Leicester City defender.
He has an £85 million price tag, which could force the west Londoners to look elsewhere. Nicolas Tagliafico, the Ajax defender, and Porto full-back Alex Telles are back-up options and would both be considerably cheaper than Ben.
One of Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso is expected to be sold off this summer and according to a recent report by The Guardian, Inter Milan have begun talks with Emerson. Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, now manager at the San Siro, wants to add the 25-year-old to his squad.
Inter Milan are prepared to bid £18 million for his services but the Blues are holding out for a higher fee for the Italy international defender, who is under contract until June of 2022.
Emerson is open to a return to Italy to give himself the best chance of being Italy’s first-choice left-back at next year’s European Championship.
He is concerned about his chances of regular senior team football at Stamford Bridge amid Chelsea’s pursuit of Ben. Juventus are also interested in the star’s signature.
Alex has impressed in Portugal’s top flight this campaign. He has netted nine goals and provided five assists in 23 Liga NOS starts.
Tagliafico, who has also been mentioned with Leicester as a replacement for Chilwell, has scored five goals across all competitions.