Manchester City ‘to make move for £23m-rated Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico during the January window’ as Pep Guardiola eyes yet ANOTHER full-back to strengthen his defence
- Manchester City are keen to add another full-back to their current squad
- Sportsmail reported City’s interest last month in Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico
- It is now believed Pep Guardiola will move for the £23m full-back in January
Manchester City are reportedly targeting a January move for Ajax full-back Nicolas Tagliafico.
Sportsmail revealed last month that City must pay £23million to get the player out of Amsterdam and it now appears a switch in the New Year is on the cards with Pep Guardiola still not fully satisfied on his back-line.
According to the Sun, City want the 28-year-old to come in and assume the left back position in January with doubts over the long-term future of Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Manchester City are reportedly plotting a January move for Ajax full-back Nicolas Tagliafico
Manager Pep Guardiola has spent heavily on his defence but still wants to add to it more
City have Zinchenko and Benjamin Mendy as options at left back but doubts surround both.
Tagliafico holds Champions League experience with Ajax and at 28 is in the prime years of his career.
An attacking full-back, Tagliafico signed from Independiente two years ago and was impressive during Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.
Tagliafico is highly-rated in Holland and Ajax are reluctant to see the full-back depart
City spent more than £100m on defenders this summer after landing Nathan Ake from Bournemouth and Benfica’s Ruben Dias.
Tagliafico is reported to have a desire to play in the Premier League and with less than two years left on his deal in Holland, Ajax could look to cash in by the time the winter transfer window rolls round.
City have shipped seven goals in their opening three matches and the 5-2 drubbing at the hands of Leicester has set off alarm bells.
Dias arrived for a club record £64m but with such an emphasis on attacking full-backs for Guardiola’s system, it appears Tagliafico is top of the list.
Doubts remain on Benjamin Mendy (right) and Tagliafico would represent strong competition
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