Argentina International left-back Nicolas Tagliafico played in all four of Argentina’s games in the World Cup in Russia this summer and it now looks like he wants to move from his Dutch club Ajax.
That’s strange because he only joined Ajax in January from Independiente in Argentina for a fee of £4M and he signed a five-year deal at the time.
The fee has now doubled and he is available for £8M which may be too much to pay for Newcastle.
25-year-old Argentina International Nicolas Tagliafico
It could be that Rafa wants to try to get him on loan for the season with an option to buy but we would expect Ajax want a permanent move for their player this summer,
He played 15 times with one goal for Ajax and Rafa is trying to bring in another left back who can challenge Paul Dummett for the left-back starting spot at Newcastle.
We are short at fullback with Yedlin and Dummett being the starters and this season Javier Manquillo and perhaps local lad Jamie Sterry could be the back-up full-backs.
Fulham and their ambitious owner Shad Khan are also said to be interested in the left fullback.
It seems sad when a fee of £8M is too much for a club of the status of Newcastle to play for a player we need.
And it looks like our record of around £17M for Michael Owen back in 2005 will still stand at the end of this summer’s transfer window.
Getting Nicolas Tagliafico in would certainly put pressure on Paul Dummett for the starting left-back spot on Tyneside.
That’s exactly what Rafa wants.