Could Nicolas Tagliafico bring an end to Nacho Monreal's Arsenal career amid reported interest?

Unai Emery the Arsenal Head Coach during the press conference at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on October 3, 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

After five years at The Emirates, Nacho Monreal's contract at Premier League giants Arsenal is due to expire with Ajax's Tagliafico a potential replacement.

Nacho Monreal of Arsenal celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his Arsenal team mates during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on October 22,...

It will take a couple of transfer windows for Unai Emery to transform a misshapen Arsenal side left in limbo by the erratic end to Arsene Wenger’s reign in North London.

But the Spaniard appears ready to put his stamp on the team. Sokratis, Bernd Leno, Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira have already established themselves as first-team players at The Emirates and reports in Italy suggest that The Gunners are planning for January already.

 

Calciomercato is reporting that Arsenal are keen on the Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, who has impressed since arriving in Amsterdam from Argentine outfit Estudiantes during the January transfer window.

According to The Chronicle, Tagliafico could cost just £8 million – a real bargain in today’s market.

Nicolas Tagliafico of Ajax celebrates after scoring his team`s third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Ajax and AEK Athens at Johan Cruyff Arena on September 19,...

But could this spell the end of one of Arsenal’s longest serving players? Nacho Monreal, after all, is set to be a free agent at the end of this season and his role at The Emirates would surely be in doubt if Tagliafico arrived, particularly with Sead Kolasinac and the versatile Ashley Maitland-Niles already on board.

Popular Spaniard Monreal has been a great servant for Arsenal since his 2013 move from Malaga but, at the age of 32, it remains to be seen how much longer he can last at the top level.

Tagliafico is a full-back cut from the same cloth and a potentially younger model for an Arsenal side moving from one era into the next.

Nicolas Tagliafico of Ajax  during the UEFA Champions League  match between Ajax v SK Sturm Graz at the Johan Cruijff Arena on July 25, 2018 in Amsterdam Netherlands

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