European giants preparing for bidding war over Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico

    Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico is a wanted man, with several notable European clubs looking to capture his signature in the summer

    Although the 26-year-old arrived at the Johan Cruyff Arena less than a year ago, he has already become one of the most valuable assets for the Lancers.

    Tagliafico’s impressive displays in the Eredivisie as well as in the Champions League have also earned him a regular first-team action at the Argentina national team.

    Real Madrid have identified the Buenos Aires native as a perfect replacement for the outgoing Marcelo, who will probably join Juventus at the end of the season.

    Los Blancos already had a chance to witness the left-back’s capabilities first hand in the Champions League group stage.

    However, La Liga giants will have to beat fierce competition from city rivals Atletico Madrid but also Arsenal and Tottenham, who have recently joined the race.

    Given Sead Kolasinac’s constant injury problems, the Gunners consider different options on the market, with Tagliafico’s name popping up as one of the most interesting solutions.

    Although the Dutch heavyweights initially required around €30m to let the player go, a potential bidding war must be making the chairman Hennie Henrichs rubbing his hands.

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