Nicolas Tagliafico has an agreement to leave Ajax this summer, head coach Erik Ten Hag has told Het Parool after the Argentina international was linked to both Arsenal and Leicester City.
If Sead Kolasinac is playing for his future at the Emirates, it’s fair to say he did his chances of another year in north London no good at all during Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Sheffield United.
The accusatory glances from his baffled team-mates spoke volumes, after the Bosnia international’s howler gifted David McGoldrick a late equaliser at Bramall Lane.
Fortunately, Dani Ceballos came to Kolasinac’s rescue with a last-gasp winner which puts Arsenal into the semi-finals.
But with the £20 million-rated Tagliafico keen on a move to the Emirates this summer, according to The Sun, the former Schalke defender could pay the price for a mistake which very nearly consigned Arsenal to another trophyless season.
At the peak of his powers, 27-year-old Tagliafico would jump at the chance to join a Premier League club this summer.
Leicester have identified the 2019 Eredivisie champion as a potential replacement for Ben Chilwell at the King Power (Le10 Sport).
And Ten Hag has handed both clubs a timely boost as the summer window creaks open.
“Agreements have been made with Andre Onana, Donny van de Beek and Nicolás Tagliafico,” says Ten Hag, who suggests that Ajax might have to accept a slightly lower fee for their star players.
“For Onana and Van de Beek, another year at Ajax could certainly be an option. For Tagliafico, it is slightly different because of his age.
“The market value of players will be slightly reduced, but not much. Based on their performance and ambition, a number of our players also want to make the move abroad.”
Tagliafico is three and four years older than Onana and Van de Beek respectively, which perhaps explains why he is apparently desperate to make the leap to one of Europe’s biggest leagues this year.
With all due respect to the Eredivisie, it would be a shame if his peak years are spent taking on the likes of ADO Den Haag and PEC Zwolle.