Ajax left back Nicolas Tagliafico has been linked with just about every European giant this summer, after producing some stellar performances this season.
The 26-year-old Argentina international impressed in the shock result of the Champions League round of 16 stage as Real Madrid
While he seems set for a move in the next window, with his agent confirming as much, it remains anyone’s guess where the Argentinian will end up. Not only have Spanish giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid all been monitoring Tagliafico, but also north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.
With all this hype surrounding the Ajax star, here are
1. He Could Have Played for Italy Over Argentina
In the modern age of globalisation and dual nationality, some players have had as tough a time choosing their country as their club side. Notably, England’s Declan Rice controversially pledged his allegiance to Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions after winning three caps (and the award for Young Player of the Year) for Ireland.
Other notable controversies involve Diego Costa, who has featured for both Brazil and Spain, and Wilfried Zaha who left England for Ivory Coast.
Argentina-born Tagliafico could have also followed suit as he holds both Italian and Argentinian citizenship. Not the easiest of choices but perhaps playing with Lionel Messi
2. He Played for the Same Boyhood Club as James Rodriguez
Despite James Rodriguez
Although the Bayern Munich midfielder broke through the Under-20 set up a year earlier, both players were making a name for themselves in South America.
There is even a possibility that they could both end up at Real Madrid
3. There’s a Host of Elite Sides on His Tail
Given that promising left backs are so hard to come by for big clubs, it is no wonder that the likes of Arsenal
With both Madrid clubs and Barcelona
Even Newcastle have had their name thrown into the mix since Tagliafico burst onto the scene.
4. A Bidding War Could Result in a Huge Transfer Fee
Ajax’s owner Markus Liebherr has already seen homegrown sensation Frenkie de Jong leave for Barcelona. With Matthijs De Ligt said to be heading in the same direction as well, Tagliafico’s transfer could pile up the cash for the Dutch giants.
The transfer fee for Ajax’s man looks certain to rise extremely high even though he is not the youngest of players. Mind you, 26 is not old either.
But with Bayern Munich setting the bar at £68m after they confirmed the signing of left back Lucas Hernandez, Ajax could be set to receive bids beyond their asking price.
5. PSV Are His Kryptonite
The highly rated left back has an exceptional record for Ajax in the league, having only lost five times in 36 matches. Not bad.
However, one club that has haunted him are current Eredivisie champions PSV. Tagliafico has played Ajax’s rivals twice in the league and has lost on both occasions.
If he does end up at a club with a superstitious manager, perhaps fans will not be seeing his name on the team sheet if they come up against PSV.
6. He Has Turned Down a Contract Extension
For now, he has to maintain his good form and help his team to try and close the five point gap between them and first place PSV in the Eredivisie.