Arsenal fans should be excited by their left-back target…
I’m no financial expert, I can’ advise the Arsenal board on how to spend their resources this summer transfer window, especially with all that’s going on in the world and the repercussions it will have on the football transfer market. However, I am a fan and much like you, I can see very clearly which positions need to be strengthened.
And the left-back role certainly comes under that calibre. This season, we were shown exactly how lacking in depth this position was. Since new signing Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac havebeen injured for most of the season, Bukayo Saka has had to fill the void and while he has done this without a problem, it shouldn’t be the case that he’s forced to play out of position.
That said, I would encourage the board to look into signing a left-back this summer, even one that wouldn’t necessarily make the first team. To do so, the injury-prone Kolasinac would be the first full-back I would sell to raise some funds.
According to a report from The Sun, the Gunners are chasing a move for Nicolas Tagliafico of Ajax. The 27-year-old Argentine full-back is rumoured to be around the £20m mark so even given Arsenal’s budget, if they sell Kolasinac then this is definitely money they can spend.
Tagliafico has had a very good season in Amsterdam, as although the season was declared void a few weeks ago, he had helped his side to a top spot in the Dutch top-flight. This is the type of experience Arsenal need, since they are known to have a squad full of losers, and that’s a compliment.
There are obviously other options to Tagliafico, as I can recall a young Leicester full-back being linked with us a few weeks ago and Layvin Kurzawa has also been a topic of discussion for some time. That said, the board are certainly considering their options in this position, which is positive to see.
Do you think Arsenal will sign Nicolas Tagliafico this summer?