Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta targets Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico to allow Bukayo Saka to flourish

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 22 May 2020 10:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15.8kShares Tagliafico has performed brilliantly for Ajax in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)‘Last year we made verbal agreements with Onana, Tagliafico and Van de Beek to stay another season and then we look to help each other and find the next step in their careers,’ he told Reuters.‘Nothing has changed. There won’t be a 50% discount. The clubs can forget about that.’By signing a new left-back, Arsenal hope it will show Saka how important he is to the team – as a winger, his preferred position, rather than a defender – and convince him to sign a new contract.MORE: Chelsea legend Michael Essien raves about Arsenal transfer target Thomas ParteyMORE: Dani Ceballos reveals Arsenal’s Premier League return dateFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Saka only has one year left on his current contract with the Gunners (Picture: Getty)While Arteta has been impressed with how well the youngster has adapted and developed the defensive side of the game, he wants to return Saka to his natural role as a winger.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Sun, that has seen Arteta prioritise signing a new left-back to ensure Saka does not end up getting pushed back into the role again next season and he has his eye on Tagliafico.The Argentine has quickly established himself as one of the stand-out left-backs in Europe since moving to Amsterdam in 2018, helping the side win the Eredivisie last season and reach the semi-final of the Champions League.Tagliafico is believed to be open to moving to the Emirates and keen for a new challenge, with the Premier League particularly appealing, though there are a number of clubs interested in signing him.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have all been linked with the 27-year-old, who has an agreement allowing him to leave Ajax this summer if a suitable offer is received.Ajax’s asking price is believed to be around £20million and chief executive Edwin van der Sar recently confirmed that the club will not stand in his way if he wants to leave. Advertisementcenter_img Comment Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta targets Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico to allow Bukayo Saka to flourish The Gunners wonderkid has been forced to deputise in defence this season (Pictures: Getty)Arsenal are ready to make a move for Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico with Mikel Arteta reportedly eager to bring in a new left-back to allow Bukayo Saka to push further forward.In an often frustrating season, the emergence of 17-year-old Saka has been one of the bright spots of the campaign, with the teenager laying on nine assists in all competitions.However, both Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney in particular have struggled with injury and form, forcing Saka to deputise out of position at left-back.last_img

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