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According to Calciomercato(via The Sun), Manchester United have tabled a £8 million bid for Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico. The Gunners are keen to bolster their defensive department after being infested with injuries so far this campaign.
Tagliafico has been identified as an ideal candidate after impressing in the Eredivisie this season. But can he prove to be a good addition for the North London giants?
Nicolas Tagliafico: Player profile and stats
Nicolas Tagliafico is advertised as an offensive fullback, who is gifted with supreme technical qualities. He is very good on the ball and is an excellent passer as well. Tagliafico has attained an impressive pass accuracy of 86% this season whilst averaging almost 60 passes per game, meaning his proficiency in ball rotation plays a key role in Ajax’s build-up from the back.
In addition, his neat footwork allows him to drift past defenders in the final third while his technical qualities help him link up with teammates in the final third. The Argentine international has averaged almost one key pass as well as one dribble per game, which are decent numbers for a fullback – though not exceptional.
Defensively, he appears lacklustre, at times, often losing his marker while his lack of physicality limits his quality as a defender. However, he has improved significantly following the end of a dismal World Cup campaign with Argentina and has racked up decent numbers for Ajax this season.
He has averaged over 2.4 interceptions per game, which is a substantial improvement from the World Cup(0.8). In addition, Tagliafico has attempted over three tackles per game along with two clearances, making him one of Ajax’s most important defenders this season.