Manchester City made a transfer blunder by failing to sign Nicolas Tagliafico in the recent summer transfer window, as their current left-back options are no longer good enough to challenge domestically and in Europe.
The Citizens were linked with a move for the Ajax left-back over the summer, along with Chelsea, but a deal for the Argentinian never materialised.
Pep Guardiola is left with just Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko as natural left-back options in his side, neither of whom are consistent enough for Premier League title-hopefuls.
The Frenchman has suffered his fair share of injuries since joining the Etihad outfit in 2017 from Monaco in a deal worth £51.75 million, and unfortunately, he has never really been able to rediscover the form he showed in the 2018/19 season when he averaged an impressive 7.29 rating for his performances in the Premier League.
It was also suggested that Tagliafico’s potential arrival depended on whether or not City could sell Zinchenko, which suggests that the Ukrainian does not have a long-term future with the Citizens, and with just one substitute Premier League appearance to his name this season, it would seem that Guardiola would agree that he isn’t good enough to be starting regularly in the top-flight.
As a result, Joao Cancelo has been featuring in that position so far this season but this is not a long-term solution for Guardiola, and the club may regret not bringing in an established left-back such as Tagliafico going forwards.
It is not a surprise therefore that City have been linked with the Argentinian international again recently, ahead of a potential January move for the 28-year-old.
The defender has been extremely consistent in his performances for Ajax in the Eredivisie, averaging above a 7/10 rating in every season he’s had with the Dutch giants, which suggests that he is ready for an opportunity in a slightly more competitive league such as the Premier League.
Hopefully for City, failing to sign Tagliafico during the summer won’t be something that they end up regretting throughout the season, and they have an opportunity to change this by signing the £25.2 million-rated man in January.