By Kealan Hughes

27th Apr, 2021 | 10:15pm

Signing Nicolas Tagliafico could help Leeds reach the next level

Nicolas Tagliafico would be a great addition for Leeds United and a big statement of the board’s ambition for the club.

The Daily Mail recently reported that Ajax are willing to sell the left-back for a knockdown price of £13million, which has reportedly put Leeds on high alert.

Manchester United have been linked to Tagliafico via Transfer Market Web while the Mail reports Manchester City and Inter Milan could reignite their interest due to the reduced price.

While that means the Whites have fierce competition for Tagliafico’s signature, the interest shows the target is definitely worth pursuing.

The 28-year-old has had a brilliant spell at Ajax too and has no doubt fostered a winning mentality at the club.

Tagliafico has won Eredivisie and also has three domestic cups under his belt.

Perhaps most impressively, he helped the Dutch club to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019 – and would have made the final but for a miraculous Tottenham comeback.

And it is his experience in Europe that should serve Leeds really well.

Our recruitment last summer has worked out brilliantly in the main, and it was a massive positive that we were able to add three internationals to the squad.

And if the Argentina international can have a similar impact to players such as Raphinha it will prove a superb bit of business.

There are signs in Tagliafico’s game that he could be the right player to replace the likely-departing Gjanni Alioksi.

Tagliafico is an attacking full-back who has 13 goals and 19 assists in his three years at Ajax.

Per WhoScored, he has also made one key pass per game this season, which shows he would give defenders something to think about in the final third.

He should be able to support Jack Harrison really well, as the threat he poses should draw in defenders, thereby opening up space for the winger.

Tagliafico would likely look to get forward at every opportunity and offer Harrison an option on the overlap – that is something Alioksi can be unwilling to do due to his defensive vulnerabilities.

And the full-back is equally as good in defence, with two tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game – his ability in attack and defence helps explain why Total Football Analysis have called him “world-class”.

He would be a brilliant addition and is a player capable of helping us into Europe over the next few years.

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