Paper Talk: Arsenal told they may have to double £8m bid for January target

Date published: Wednesday 31st October 2018 8:24

Nicolas Tagliafico TEAMtalk

Arsenal have launched an £8m bid for a new full-back as they look to make early inroads into the January transfer market, while a former defender hopes to become Manchester United manager one day, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.

 

GUNNERS LAUNCH £8M BID FOR DEFENDER

Arsenal have launched a £8m bid for Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico ahead of the January transfer move.

It’s understood the Gunners are keen to recruit a new left-back in January to help solve a mounting injury crisis and Argentinian star Tagliafico is the man that Unai Emery has set his heart on.

Regular left-backs Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac have missed recent matches due to injuries, with Granit Xhaka forced to cover as an emergency defender.

But Emery is keen to have the Swiss star as part of his midfield and will look to bring in Tagliafico in January.

The full-back, 26, has caught the eye over the past 18 months and drew admiring glances from Arsenal’s new boss during the World Cup, for which he was selected.

And it’s claimed Arsenal have already contacted Ajax over a potential deal in January, with Newcastle also in the hunt to sign him.

Reports in Holland believe Arsenal may have to double their opening bid to convince Ajax to sell as the Dutch giants face a mounting battle to keep their side together, with Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt also being chased by football’s big boys.

 

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