Hesitating for a long time, the Argentinian Nicolas Tagliafico ended up accepting the proposal from Olympique Lyonnais. The left side of Ajax Amsterdam let himself be seduced by the Rhone club which promised him a comfortable status before the 2022 World Cup.
Everything should be completed this Friday. Expected in Lyon during the day, Nicolas Tagliafico has planned to pass his medical examination before signing for Olympique Lyonnais. The left side of Ajax Amsterdam, who will be the subject of a transfer estimated at 4 million euros, will engage with the Gones for three years. Then he will go back to the Netherlands where his future teammates are doing their training camp. The end of a long soap opera for the Rhone club which had however quickly agreed with Ajax Amsterdam for the transfer compensation.
Nicolás Tagliafico joins Olympique Lyon, done deal and here we go! 🚨🔴🔵 #OL
▫️ Contract until June 2025.
▫️ Net salary around €2.5m plus add-ons to €3m per season.
▫️ €4m fee to Ajax, medical on Friday in Lyon.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 21, 2022
The Argentinian had an exit voucher one year from the end of his contract. The problem came rather from the indecision of Nicolas Tagliafico, who took the time to think about all his options. The former Independiente player was notably announced in the sights of FC Barcelona and Brighton in the Premier League. But according to the Argentine daily Clarin, the recruitment of a left side was not a priority for these two suitors, who had therefore asked their target to wait.
Tagliafico has obtained guarantees
An advantage for Olympique Lyonnais whose sports project convinced Nicolas Tagliafico. Certainly deprived of the Champions League and all other European competitions, the recent eighth in Ligue 1 has great ambitions. Including for the approaching left side to whom the leaders would have promised a starting role as well as executive status within the workforce. With the approach of the World Cup, the Argentinian international, whose place is not guaranteed, has necessarily been seduced. Especially since his playing time had dropped at Ajax Amsterdam last season.