Newcastle United target Nicolas Tagliafico has set his sights on a move to Barcelona this month, according to reports.
Ajax defender Tagliafico has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe, including English sides Newcastle, Aston Villa and Chelsea.
However, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano says the left-back is not considering a move to the Premier League and wants to join Barcelona instead.
He wrote on Twitter: “Nicolas Tagliafico’s pushing to join Barcelona next week.
“Ajax are still asking for permanent deal – while FCB only think of loan move. #FCB.
“Tagliafico only wants to join Barca as soon as possible – he hopes Ajax will let him go on loan with this big chance for his career.”
Tagliafico has made 154 appearances for Ajax, scoring 15 goals, since joining from Argentine side Independiente in 2018.
Nicolás Tagliafico’s pushing to join Barcelona next week. Ajax are still asking for permanent deal – while FCB only think of loan move. 🇦🇷 #FCB
Tagliafico only wants to join Barça as soon as possible – he hopes Ajax will let him go on loan with this big chance for his career. pic.twitter.com/PAAdRbheo6
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 23, 2022
Tagliafico has won two Eredivisie titles during his time in Amsterdam and was part of the Ajax side that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019.
Newcastle have been strongly linked with a move for the 29-year-old after missing out on Lucas Digne, who joined Aston Villa from Everton earlier this month.
Tagliafico is currently under contract with Ajax until 2023 but is determined to move to Barcelona this month.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo have also claimed the Catalan club are keen to sign Tagliafico.
• But what if they do come for Tagliafico, will you let him go?
Ten Hag: “Let’s stop this.. all these ‘what if’s..’
• Well, you can expect more of this the coming week..
Ten Hag: “Don’t you have anything else to do?
• No, not really.
Ten Hag: “No? Well I do.” pic.twitter.com/axfOBfC2od
— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) January 23, 2022
Barcelona are said to be willing to offer Ajax a replacement left-back in Alejandro Balde in order to secure a loan move for Tagliafico.
However, Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag says he’s unaware of any approach for Tagliafico.
When asked about the potential transfer, Ten Hag said: “Do you sit at the table of our board?
“I don’t know anything about this. [Ajax director of football Marc] Overmars didn’t inform me about this and he always informs me if this would be the case.”
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