The position of the left-back has been a cause of concern for Manchester City this season. Though Oleksandr Zinchenko has stabilized a part of the issue, the 24-year-old hasn’t been able to solve the underlying problem.
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Benjamin Mendy was brought in to make the position his own but constant injuries coupled with poor form have meant that City need to start looking at other options. Zinchenko was the preferred left-back in the all-important UEFA Champions League semi-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
Daily Mail understands that the former Premier League Champions could enter the market this summer for Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico.
Tagliafico is one of the better full-backs in European football and he is said to be valued at around £13 million by Ajax FC. The likes of Inter Milan and Leeds United are also said to be interested in the Argentine.
Tagliafico recently nailed down a contract with his current club which would keep him at Ajax until 2023. The Eredivisie outfit, however, will not stand in the way of the defender and his possible desire to leave the club at the end of the season, should a suitable offer arrive.
£13 million for the 28-year-old would be considered a steal, given that he has loads of experience. The Argentine will certainly be a welcome addition at the Etihad Stadium and his arrival could help strengthen an already in-form defensive unit. Tagliafico’s arrival would create a sense of competition within the backline.
Manchester City have been linked with a series of big names when it comes to the summer transfer window at the end of this season. The likes of Erling Haaland and Lionel Messi are among some of the big names linked with a move to Manchester City.
Only time will tell if City end up having a successful summer window this time around.
For now, however, the focus will be on bettering Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of the UCL semi-final next week.