Arsenal To Battle Atletico And Real For £8m Ajax Left-Back Nicolas Tagliafico

Arsenal are ready to battle it out with Atletico and Real Madrid for Ajax for defender Nicolas Tagliafico.

The Gunners have highlighted the £8million-rated left-back as a potential summer recruit as they look to strengthen their squad.

But the Mail  claim La Liga side Atletico Madrid have also made the Argentine one of their top targets over the close season.

And it was reported last month that their local rivals Real have also got the full-back on their list of options as they search for a left-sided player for the next campaign.

Tagliafico, 26, played a key role in Ajax’s shocking 4-1 victory at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.

With 12 caps under his belt, he is also a regular for Argentina and has held onto his place in the squad despite a major overhaul carried out by new coach Lionel Scaloni.

But Arsenal are facing a daunting task in convincing Tagliafico to a summer swoop to the Emirates as he has previously spoken of his desire to play in La Liga.

He said ahead of the clash with Real: “Before I came to Ajax, we talked about the possibility of La Liga because it is a league I like and a very competitive one.”

And the Gunners are understood to have already seen a bid for Tagliafico rejected when they made an £8m offer for the left-back back in October.

The Ajax ace also welcomed an interest from Atletico coach, and fellow Argentine, Diego Simeone.

He said: “If Simeone is interested in me and really wants me it means I’m doing well but the important thing now though is to think about Ajax.”

The prolific left-back has scored five goals for Ajax this season, and assisted in a further five.

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