Arsenal beat Atletico Madrid to the signing of LB

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Atletico Madrid have joined the race to sign Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, with Arsenal also monitoring his situation.

The 26-year-old has featured prominently for the Dutch giants in the Eredivisie this season, impressing on the left-hand side with his astute positional sense in defence and passing accuracy, which has earned him a regular spot in the Argentina national team.

He has a pass completion rate of 86.1% for Ajax across all competitions so far this term and seems to be thriving at the Johan Cruyff Arena since his January move from Independiente in his homeland.

According to The Sun, Arsenal launched a £8 million bid for his signature at the end of October and are frontrunners to secure his services during the winter transfer window.

The Gunners have faced injury problems at left-back over the last three months, with Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac both suffering injuries which forced Granit Xhaka to fill in, with disastrous results defensively.

Unai Emery’s men are fifth in the Premier League and unbeaten in 16 matches, but they have looked vulnerable at the back and the Spanish boss could certainly use some reinforcements in the new year.

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