Arsenal are reportedly eyeing up a move for Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico as Nacho Monreal does not fit the ‘player profile required by new Arsenal’ according to a report from Spain.
This is not the first time that Arsenal have been linked with a move for Tagliafico, nor the first time it’s been reported we will be getting rid of Nacho Monreal, who is out of contract next summer.
At the end of October it was reported that Arsenal were watching Tagliafico as a replacement for Monreal who could, apparently, be on his way to Barcelona in January.
Arsenal will certainly be on the look-out for another left-back sooner rather than later but there is no indication that they are prepared to let Monreal, who is under contract until 2019, leave for Barcelona in January.
That being said, given his age and contract status, a January departure wouldn’t be that much of a shock, especially as he turns 33 in February. It just doesn’t make much sense to me that the club would let a player, good enough for Barcelona, leave when he seems more than happy to stay at the club.
Monreal has been linked with an Arsenal exit for some time with Athletic Bilbao eyeing him up consistently due to his Basque heritage.