Major Arsenal Transfer Target Turns Down New Contract

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The transfer window may not be open but the rumours refuse to stop.

One such rumour that just refuses to go away is the one linking Ajax’s Argentine defender Nicolas Tagliafico with a move to the Gunners.

And the rumour mill just intensified around that move in the past 24 hours.

It has emerged that the Argentina international has turned down a new contract at the Dutch giants, paving the way for his exit this summer.

The former Independiente man has been a long term target of Unai Emery’s and has also been heavily scouted by Tottenham during this campaign, with Mauricio Pochettino also a fan of his countryman.

The player’s agent, Ricardo Schleper, confirmed yesterday that Tagliafico had indeed turned down a contract extension, although with three years left on his current deal it is by no means a guarantee that he will be going anywhere just yet.

“Ajax made an economic offer to match what the clubs claiming to Nicolas could afford, but it was not accepted because it is the just time to take a leap,” Schleper told Muy Independente.

“Let’s see what happens in the market. Nico has an enormous virtue that is his professionalism, his entire discipline. This, sooner or later, takes you to the place you want.”

Atletico Madrid have also been credited with an interest in the 26-year-old who represented Argentina at last summer’s World Cup.

A fee of £15 million will likely convince Ajax to sell, which would be well within Emery’s rumoured £45 million budget for the summer.

(h/t the mirror)