Chelsea keep a close eye on €40m-rated Eredivisie shot-stopper

Blues have reportedly been cleared to seal the transfers of Ajax pair Andre Onana and Nicolas Tagliafico. The duo have long been linked with Blues after impressing in the Eredivisie and UCL in recent times, with £35m-rated shot-stopper emerging as a perfect candidate to replace the unconvincing Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Nicolas, meanwhile, is expected to cost nearly £22m and has been strongly linked with Chelsea as a cheap alternative to Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell. And now Ten Hag has provided an update on their future in Ajax, as well as stating that Man United target Donny van de Beek is free to leave should he desire.

Ten Hag said: “The transfer market will start in August the top leagues are now being played out, so the money flows are maintained. Both would be smart signings and excellent value for money at a combined £57m, and Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has strongly suggested an agreement is in place to allow them to leave the Eredivisie giants.

“The market value of players will be slightly depressed, but not much. Based on their performance and ambition, a number of our players also want to make the move abroad,” Ten Hag said.

Chelsea supporters will hope this means they can land Andre and Nicolas soon, having already raided Ajax for Hakim Ziyech this summer. Timo Werner is also on his way to London club in what has been a strong start to the transfer window by the English manager.