Arsenal to battle Atletico and Real for £8m Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico

ARSENAL are ready to battle it out with Atletico and Real Madrid for Ajax for safeguard Nicolas Tagliafico.

The Gunners have highlighted the £8million-rated left-back as a potential summer select as they hope to fortify their squad.

And it was reported last month that their local rivals Real Madrid F.C have also got the full-back on their list of options as they search for a left-sided player for the following effort.

Tagliafico, 26, played a key role in Ajax’s shocking 4-1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

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With 12 caps under his belt, he is also a regular for Argentina and has held onto his place in the squad in spite of a noteworthy upgrade completed by new mentor Lionel Scaloni.

But Arsenal are facing a daunting task in convincing Tagliafico to a summer swoop to the Emirates as he has recently talked about his craving to play in La Liga.

He said ahead of the clash with Real: « Before I came to Ajax Amsterdam, we talked about the possibility of La Liga because it is a league I like and a focused one. »

And the Gunners are understood to have already seen a bid for Tagliafico rejected when they made an £8m offer for the left back in October.

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The Ajax ace also welcomed an interest from Atletico manager, and individual Argentine, Diego Simeone.

He said: « If Simeone is interested in me and really wants me it means I’m doing well but the critical thing presently however is to consider Ajax. »

The prolific left-back has scored five goals for Ajax this season, and aided a further five.

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