Renan Lodi is the only recognised left-back in Diego Simeone’s team, with centre-back Mario Hermoso and midfielder Saul Niguez occasionally filling in the role.
So Simeone may fancy sorting this issue out in the summer transfer window. Of course, it will depend on Atleti’s budget. The Spanish club has no doubt suffered big losses during the coronavirus pandemic, which means they’ll be restricted in signings. Especially after breaking the bank in the previous summer.
If the club board are supportive, though, Tagliafico will surely immediately go on Simeone’s shortlist. Although there are concerns that the Argentine left-back’s attack-minded style won’t suit his compatriot, who is somewhat infamous for his defensive system.