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Ajax defender linked to Inter Milan move

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Nerazzurri could bolster its defensive line with target.

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Nicolas Tagliafico of Ajax challenged by Daniele Rugani of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Ajax and Juventus at Johan Cruyff Arena on April 10, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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Inter Milan could be on track to add more to its defensive arsenal in the summer transfer window.

According to FCInterNews, the agent for Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico has an interest in joining the Nerazzurri, if he is to be transferred at the end of this season.

Tagliafico’s agent, Ricardo Schlieper, told FCInterNews that a club like Inter is a “great club” and one on the verge of breaking “the national hegemony of Juventus.”

”Inter and Italian football are always attractive destinations for Argentine players,” Schlieper said. “Let us not forget, as Borges maintained, that we are Italians who speak Spanish. Everything is very familiar, like staying at home. As a championship it is a little bit apart from the 90s, but there are top clubs.”

He added that Ajax has not set a price on Tagliafico, because they are not yet willing to sell. However, a move to Italy is what his management is aiming for, if a move happens at all.

Ajax v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid is challenged by Nicolas Tagliafico of Ajax during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Ajax and Real Madrid at Johan Cruyff Arena on February 13, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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Tagliafico started his career in his home Argentina with Banfield. In 2012, he was transferred to Real Murcia in Spain, then to Independiente in 2015. He was finally sold to Ajax in 2018 for around €5 million.

So far this season, Tagliafico has found the back of the net five times and added six assists in 39 matches across all competitions.

Transfermarkt has set a market value of around €30 million, which is not entirely out of the realm. Tagliafico has proven to be a strong asset for Ajax, which explains their reluctance to sell.

His defensive play has helped Ajax reach the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League after knocking out Juventus in the quarterfinals.

If Inter were truly interested, and I believe they should be, his dual citizenship with Argentina and Italy would make a transition much smoother. He would also provide a nice backup to the aging Kwadwo Asamoah on the back line.


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