Arsenal have joined Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in the race to sign Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, according to reports in Spain.
The Gunners are said to be looking at possible replacements for Nacho Monreal whose contract expires at the end of the season.
Fans on Twitter had a mixed response to Arsenal’s interest in Tagliafico:
Tagliafico is more than a replacement. It is a massive upgrade.
— Joshua J. Gershfield (@gershfield1) 13 March 2019
Valued at 22 million. in transfer market could go to 25. I'd love to have him at Arsenal but doubt Emery will spend half of his budget on one player. pic.twitter.com/zhAlycUAjl
— Peter (@PrinceDanMax) 13 March 2019
He is not arsenal level even at this state
— NYkola25 (@cercilbog) 13 March 2019
He’s too good
— 🇮🇨 (@therealfenomen0) 13 March 2019
He was superb against Real Madrid
— Paul Benjami (@paulfransec) 13 March 2019
Will believe when hes holding up the arsenal shirt
— Iᴍʀäɴɴ (@Imrann_AFC) 13 March 2019
Tagliafico or Grimaldo, either one
— Abdoulie Sering Secka🇬🇲🇬🇲 (@JackTheLad44) 13 March 2019
— ronan (@weibeckk) 13 March 2019
He is surely and upgrade to Kolasinac.
— 5% xєη ѕмαѕн (@XENlOH) 13 March 2019
He’s very good, but Ajax will probably ask arround €35/40 million…
— Rohan Weimer (@SlappeKiwi) 14 March 2019
We should wrap it up sharp sharp
— AUSTINESTYKS (@austinesmith28) 13 March 2019
The Gunners will want to improve right across the back four when recruiting this summer, and it seems Tagliafico could be a top target.
The Argentinian international has been in good form this season, having scored five goals and provided five assists in 33 appearances for Ajax.
At 26 years of age, he is a good deal younger than Monreal and has potential to improve his game as he heads into his peak years.
Tagliafico could also offer a good alternative to Sead Kolasinac. The Bosnian has been excellent going forward for the Gunners this season but he has been suspect defensively.