Agent opens up and sends clear transfer message to Arsenal over possible Tagliafico deal
Arsenal could be all set to miss out on Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico after his agent dropped a massive hint that the defender wants a move to Italy.
Despite spending over £70 million on new players last season, mostly on his back-line, Unai Emery is desperate to improve the defence at the end of the season after struggling to keep pace with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Spurs in the chase for a Premier League title.
And with Nacho Monreal coming towards the back-end of his top-level playing days, Emery has identified the 26-year-old Ajax left-back as a possible long-term replacement for the Spaniard, with reports suggesting the Gunners are ‘best positioned’ to sign Tagliafico ahead of the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
However, However, agent Ricardo Schlieper has now revealed he is keen on a move to Serie A and suggested Inter Milan might be his most lily destination.
“Inter and Italian football are always attractive destinations for Argentine players,” he said.
“Let’s not forget, like it was once said, that we’re Italians who speak Spanish.
“Everything’s very familiar. It’s like being at home.
“Tagliafico has always been our priority for Italy, but in the most appropriate moment we will find the right place. We will see what happens.”
Emery is in desperate need of adding quality to certain areas of the pitch and adding a top-level player like Tagliafico would certainly add quality to his back-line, as the defender has impressed on numerous occasions for Ajax this season.
So if Arsenal are prepared to offer the right kind of money they could easily tempt the Ajax star to the Premier League as they are one of the biggest clubs in world football.
But the news that a move to Italy may be on the mind of Tagliafico will come as a huge blow for Emery as the Italians may be willing to offer the kind of wages that Arsenal will not, especially as the Gunners have a budget that they like to stick too.
However, in the world of football it is all about the money and if Arsenal can offer the right fee for Tagliafico, then they will win the race for his signature, even if he wanted a move to Italian football.
Football is all about the money these days.