Nicolas Tagliafico agrees personal terms to join Arsenal

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Arsenal have made an £8 million bid for Ajax and Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico and are keen to get their man during the January transfer window, claims Calcio Mercato.

Manager Unai Emery is keen to bring in new defensive options and give Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac competition at fullback.

He also needs reinforcements to help him deal with a host of injuries that are preventing him from fielding his strongest line-up.

Granit Xhaka has been forced to fill in at left-back with both Kolasinac and Monreal currently unavailable.

The need for specialist defenders was highlighted at the weekend when the Switzerland international gave away a penalty against Crystal Palace with a clumsy challenge.

Tagliafico would also be seen as a long-term option and a potential replacement for Monreal, who is now 32 and whose contract expires this summer.

The report claims that Arsenal are well placed to complete the deal after Newcastle United missed out on signing him in the summer.

The 26-year-old has 11 caps for Argentina, played all four of his country’s games at the World Cup this summer, and is also capable of playing as a left midfielder or centre-back.

He began his career with CA Banfield in his home country and was loaned to Spanish club Murcia before moving to fellow Argentinian side Independiente.

Tagliafico switched to Ajax last January in a £3.6 million move but a string of impressive performances has attracted the attention of other clubs.

His two goals against AEK Athens has helped the Dutch side to the top of their Champions League group while they currently lie second in the Eredivisie to PSV Eindhoven.

With Monreal likely to leave in the summer and Kolasinac having made just 37 appearances for the club since joining, Emery has identified left-back as a problem position for the Gunners and looks to have moved swiftly to attempt to fix it.

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