Ajax director Marc Overmars has suggested Leeds United target Nicolas Tagliafico will be allowed to leave as the Eredivisie champions have a replacement lined up, speaking to De Telegraaf.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona winger has never denied the fact that, if Tagliafico wanted to go, Ajax wouldn’t stand in his way.
The Argentina international, Overmars admitted, is well within his rights to try something else at the age of 28.
And the opportunity to play Premier League football at the peak of his powers, with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds expressing an interest (AS), may be too good to turn down.
It’s no secret Leeds are in the market for an attack-minded left-back and the £14 million-rated Tagliafico, scorer of 12 goals across the past two seasons, is exactly that.
What’s more, Ajax have a ready-made successor lined up with AZ Alkmaar’s Owen Wijndal front and centre in Overmars’ plans.
“I cannot deny (Wijndal) would be a very good player for us,” Overmars says.
“A young boy, Dutchman and starting international. I think I can do business in Alkmaar. But whether I do that is another matter.”
Ajax, who were crowned Eredivisie champions again at the weekend, are under pressure to raise funds through player sales after being hit hard by the covid crisis.
“We have lost money. Equity is plunging and we are obliged to sell,” Overmars said.
The news comes only a week after Tagliafico’s agent told FC Inter News a summer departure from the Amsterdam Arena was on the cards for his much-admired client.
“We have agreed with the Dutch club that, if a suitable offer arrives, Nicolas would be free to leave,” he said.