Arsenal manager Unai Emery eyeing swoop for Ajax and Argentina defender Nicolas Tagliafico.
According to DailyStar, Arsenal has already lodged a £8million offer for the left-back and are interested in bringing the highly rated Argentinian to the Emirates this January. Injuries early in the season have hampered the balance of Unai Emery’s team, especially in the left-back slot, with both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac out with a hamstring injury. The London club’s defensive resilience has been a question mark for the fans after a 2-2 draw at the Selhurst Park. Emery’s side has scored a total of 24 Premier League goals this season, second to only Pep Guardiola’s Man City(27), but the Gunners have conceded 13 goals too, whereas no other top-five side has conceded more than eight.
Having suffered defensively, Emery might want to recruit and fix his defense as soon as the January window opens and Tagliafico will prove to be a good addition if the transfer goes through.
Ajax brought the Argentinian fullback from Independiente last January for approximately £4million and since then the defender has been promising in attack as well as defense. He has excelled as an attacking fullback in the Dutch side that beat AEK Athens 3-0 in a UEFA Champions League group stage match. Both of his goals were against the Greek champions in the Champions League, he also got two assists in the Champions League qualifying games.
Monreal turns 33 this February and a defender crisis yet again will be the last thing Emery needs in his debut season with the Gunners. ESPN FC’s Mattias Karen spoke out about the injury-hit players of Arsenal on Twitter:
Arsenal say both Monreal and Kolasinac have a tight hamstring and were left out as a precaution, with this week’s busy schedule in mind. With Sokratis also out, 18-year-old defender Zech Medley gets called up as cover, making the first-team squad for the first time.
— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) 22 October 2018
Nicolas Tagliafico was part of the Argentine national squad at the World Cup 2018 in Russia and started each and every game for the Albiceleste before they crashed out in the second round.
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