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.

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.

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.

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