Ajax ace Nicolas Tagliafico is a summer transfer target for Barcelona, according to a report from MD. The Argentina international is exactly the type of player West Ham should be targeting, however. And the Hammers should be looking to make a massive statement by beating the La Liga giants to his signature this summer.
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The Hammers are in desperate need of a new left-back when the transfer window re-opens.
Aaron Cresswell, 30, is well past his best. And he has massively regressed this year, despite improving slightly under David Moyes.
Arthur Masuaku, meanwhile, is nowhere near good enough to be playing regularly for a Premier League side. He has proven that over the last four years.
And Tagliafico would be a superb addition for West Ham.
Barcelona’s interest will obviously be a big obstacle for the Hammers to overcome, however.
The 27-year-old left-back has racked up 12 goals and 15 assists in 99 appearances for Ajax (Transfermarkt).
In 24 Eredivisie outings this season, Tagliafico has recored three goals and four assists. He has averaged 2.5 tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 2.1 clearances. The Argentine has also averaged 1.5 dribbles per game during those appearances (Who Scored).
Ambitious signing, but not out of the question
The Ajax ace is clearly an elite left-back. So West Ham will have to ensure that they retain their Premier League status this season, if they are to have any chance whatsoever of signing the South American.
And the Hammers will undoubtedly have to make Tagliafico a lucrative offer in order to beat Barcelona to his signature.
They could also offer the defender more guaranteed regular action that Barca.
The Daily Mail claims that Ajax could demand as much as £30 million for the 27-year-old this summer.
That sounds like a lot of money given the current climate. But if West Ham could get that price down slightly, Tagliafico would be an exceptional signing for the east London outfit.