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Report: Leicester named as suitor of South American, sizeable potential fee

Leicester City have identified Dutch club Ajax’s full-back Nicolás Tagliafico as an ideal potential new signing, according to Le10 Sport.

Current Foxes full-back Ben Chilwell has been heavily linked with Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City, with the King Power Stadium side facing a struggle to hold onto the in-demand England international.

Therefore, as per French publication Le10 Sport, Leicester’s hierarchy has identified Tagliafico as a perfect replacement for Chilwell.

The report further stated that the 27-year-old, who has a contract with his current club till the summer of 2022, is expected to be available for a fee in the region of €22 million (£19 million).

However, Leicester are expected to face tough competition from the likes of Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain (PSG), both of whom have identified the Argentina international as a possible alternative to their primary full-back targets.

Reported Leicester target Tagliafico has been with Ajax since the summer of 2018 when he moved from Argentine outfit Club Atlético Independiente.

Since then, the veteran full-back has represented the Dutch club in 99 matches in all competitions where he has 12 goals and five assists to his name.

In the recently concluded season, Tagliafico has been a star performer for Ajax where he has managed to score five goals and provided seven assists in 38 appearances.

Leicester also have Christian Fuchs in their first-team squad, but the veteran is expected to move away from the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes have also offloaded young left-back Calvin Bassey to Rangers and as such Tagliafico could provide strength in depth in the position for Brendan Rodgers.

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