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Ben Chilwell is ‘not for sale and it is as simple as that’, says Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers as he addressed the media via zoom today.

Chilwell is largely spoken about as being Chelsea’s priority target for the left back position, and of course he still might.

But they will have a tough time convincing Leicester to sell the England international after these comments.

So who next?

Well, Chelsea are heavily linked with signing Nicolas Tagliafico from Ajax, and the Argentinian international will present a much lower value fee than Chilwell.

The Blues have worked up a good relationship with Ajax after signing Hakim Ziyech this summer, and they could even do a double deal signing both Tagliafico and goalkeeper Andre Onana as well.

Tagliafico is a great all round choice, although he does turn 28-years old next month so he can’t be seen as a long term fix in that position.

So how about the historical Chelsea target of Alex Telles from Porto?

We have been linked with Telles transfer window after transfer window, and we continue to be reliably linked to this day.

The Brazilian is another great all round left back with more emphasis on his attacking traits. But again, he is the same age as Tagliafico and turns 28 in December, meaning that although he will be bought for well under £30 million, he cannot be seen as the long term solution in that area.

Recently Chelsea have been named as a club interested in signing Barcelona left back Lucas Digne.

A lot like Chilwell, Everton are expected to hold firm over any interest for the former Barcelona defender – so I would not expect him to be a cheap option.

But he is one year younger than the above two options and turns 27 later this month. Even still, you can’t really look for him to be Chelsea’s long term left back, which is what they really need right now.

Now Tagliafico and Telles would be great short term options to come in on the cheap, and wait for the highly rated Ian Maatsen from the academy to develop some more.

But if Chelsea want a player for the long term future and one that wont cost a Chilwell level arm and a leg, then look no further than former Barcelona academy player Alex Grimaldo.

He is technically excellent and very good attacking wise, but he’s no fall down at the back either and will be another excellent all-round option for Chelsea.

Grimaldo is 24-years old now and plays for Benfica, becoming a regular for them over recent years.

Chelsea are yet to be strongly linked to signing Grimaldo though, but I’m sure he is a player they have at least looked at as an option.

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