By Kealan Hughes

2nd May, 2021 | 7:05pm

Reliable journalist: Leeds have serious interest in Nicolas Tagliafico

Leeds United still have a good chance to sign Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico according to a new update.

De Telegraaf journalist Mike Verweij says Leeds have a “serious interest” in the 28-year-old, who has been linked to some big European clubs.

The Daily Mail first linked the Whites with the left-back last month, suggesting a fee of £13million would be enough to complete the switch.

Reports then died down but Verweij confirms that Leeds are keen, perhaps more so than it first appeared.

He told Voetbal Primeur, “Leeds’ interest appears to be more serious than anyone assumed. Internazionale also appears to be in the market.”

If Verweij’s update is accurate, it could mean that Tagliafico is one of our transfer priorities, and that is great news for the upcoming transfer window.

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Leeds need to make signings that can take the team to the next level this summer and Tagliafico fits that criteria.

He is more experienced and more accomplished than other left-backs with have been linked with, such as Patrick Van Aanholt and Romain Perraud, so we are glad there is still life in this potential move.

Our loss against Brighton shows how desperate we are for a left-back, as Gjanni Alioski was all over the place before being substituted at half-time – he earned a SofaScore rating of just 5.8.

Tagliafico would solve the issue we have as he would provide a good balance between defence and attack, just like Luke Ayling does.

A return of one goal, three assists and 1.1 key passes per game [WhoScored] shows his ability going forward, and he is useful in defence too.

In the Champions League this term he managed 2.2 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game, and that suggests he could make a big impact at Elland Road.

Total Football Analysis even suggest Tagliafico is “world-class”, and we are pleased that Verweij’s development still gives us hope of landing his signature.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are set to ‘upgrade’ one player who started v Brighton, says Graham Smyth.