Barcelona are reportedly willing to offer Alejandro Balde a short-term loan as part of the deal to sign Nicolas Tagliafico from Ajax.
According to the famous Italian journalist Rudy Galetti, Barcelona are stepping up their efforts to sign Nicolas Tagliafico before the January transfer window closes. The Catalan giants are ready to offer Alejandro Balde a six-month loan to Ajax as part of the deal to sign the 29-year-old Argentina international.
Nicolas Tagliafico has gone from one of Europe’s best full-backs to a minor Ajax player over the past year. A slight dip in form has proved detrimental to the player’s fortunes, with Daley Blind becoming the first-choice left-back for the Dutch giants in the current season.
The 29-year-old has started just six of Ajax’s 29 appearances this season, registering two goals and one assist. And the Argentina international’s frustrations have rightly boiled over which is why he is looking to leave Ajax in January. Tagliafico has no shortage of suitors either, with Barcelona among their potential suitors.
The Catalan giants have long been interested in Tagliafico, having tried to sign him on several occasions. They remain in pursuit of the 29-year-old as Jordi Alba has regressed significantly in recent years and is no longer reliable enough to be a resounding first-choice left-back for Barcelona.
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According to recent reports, Tagliafico is also keen to join Barcelona and recently blocked talks with other suitors. With Alejandro Balde slow to settle in the vicinity of the first-team setup at Camp Nou, the need to bring in someone like the Argentina international has grown.
The Catalan giants are now ready to step up their efforts to land Tagliafico, with a package ready to secure his services. Barcelona will offer Balde a six-month loan to Ajax as part of Tagliafico’s signing deal. the Blaugrana running on the player was further allowed after Napoli pulled out of the chase.
If Barcelona’s proposal is accepted, the 29-year-old Argentina international will join the La Liga heavyweights on a first loan deal, with the club reserving the option of signing him permanently for around €7m, his announced price. . With Tagliafico keen to join Barcelona, it may only be a matter of time before he moves to Camp Nou.