Leeds learn knockdown fee for top defender, but price drop has Man City on alert

Jonny Whitfield
Nicolas Tagliafico Ajax v Vitesse April 2021

Leeds will reportedly have to pay £13million to sign Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, a transfer fee which could see Manchester City renew their interest.

The Whites are on the hunt for a new signing to support Stuart Dallas next season. Indeed, Marcelo Bielsa’s men are preparing for another season in the Premier League after a solid return. TEAMtalk understands that Leeds chiefs feel surprised at Dallas’ adaptation to the top flight. However, they realise the need to keep the versatile star – who primarily plays in midfield – on his toes.

Three names have already emerged as transfer targets for Bielsa’s side ahead of the summer.

TEAMtalk has learned that Real Madrid youngster Miguel Gutierrez and Real Betis’ Alex Moreno feature on their radar.

However, Tagliafico is also supposedly a target for the Elland Road club.

The 28-year-old penned a new deal with his Dutch employers in December. But while that took the expiry date of his terms to 2023, he will reportedly be free to find a new club this summer.

Indeed, the Daily Mail says that Ajax will not stand in his way if he wants to seek a new challenge.

The newspaper adds new information that he will be available for a ‘knockdown’ £13million this summer.

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While that would attract Leeds, though, the figure could also see City come back in for the player.

Pep Guardiola’s side have monitored the Argentine in recent seasons, with Inter also keen.

Tagliafico has 28 caps for Argentina and has earned a reputation as a no-nonsense player. In fact, he has picked up over 40  yellow cards and two reds in just over three years on domestic and international stages.

This term, meanwhile, he has received 10 yellows.

Leeds told to swoop for Tagliafico

Nicolas Tagliafico

Meanwhile, ex-Leeds player Noel Whelan says that Tagliafico would be a good signing for the Whites.

The pundit said: “We’re in desperate need of a full-back, a left wing-back and he seems to have the credentials that will fit straight into Leeds United.

“An international with Champions League experience, we need that.

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“We know he’d be coming from a club that plays a similar way to Leeds. The ball on the deck get forward, read the game well.”

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