Manchester City are once again being linked with a move for Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico ahead of the summer and he could be exactly what Pep Guardiola needs this summer.
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City, Leeds United and Inter are all on ‘red alert’ after Ajax revealed they would sell the Argentinian international for just £13m this summer.
The report suggests that Ajax are willing to let the defender go due to his commitment to the club in the past, when he has been targeted by top clubs across Europe.
City have regularly been linked with a move for the 28-year-old in the past and it seems as if this summer could finally see them get their man, however, they will have to see off interest from Leeds United, who are touted as an attractive proposition for the defender due to the pulling power of Marcelo Bielsa.
However, it is also suggested that Tagliafico wants a move to a club playing in Europe next season, which will give Guardiola’s side the edge over the Elland Road outfit.
Whilst City have been superb this season, they have played without a natural left-back for much of the campaign.
Both Oleksandr Zinchenko and Joao Cancelo have impressed whilst playing there but neither are naturals in that position, whilst Benjamin Mendy has maintained his reputation as a bit-part player in Guardiola’s side.
Therefore, having a solid left-back available, one without the injury problems of Mendy, is certainly something you could argue the Spanish manager needs next season if he wants to improve his side even further.
Certainly, Tagliafico’s performances for Ajax in recent seasons suggest that he would be a quality addition at the Etihad, as this season has seen him average an impressive 7.14 rating for his performances in the Eredivisie, with one goal and three assists to his name in 24 appearances.
Former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell was full of praise for the defender recently, when discussing his links with Leeds United, saying:
“He is a top-quality player. He’s got lots of experience in the Champions League and on the international stage so I think it would be a smart signing.”
Therefore, given that he is reportedly available for such a relatively small fee, and that he would add quality depth at left-back for City, sporting director Txiki Begiristain should definitely be looking to bring him in this summer.
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