Arsenal are targeting Benfica’s Nuno Tavares as Mikel Arteta looks to reinforce the left-back position ahead of the new season.
According to various reports, the 21-year-old is set to cost the Gunners €10 million and will be offered a five-year deal.
Even though Kieran Tierney has committed his long-term future to the Emirates, finding a suitable understudy has been made a priority with Sead Kolasinac likely to leave the club on a permanent basis this summer.
Full story as Arsenal open talks over Nuno Tavares, nothing agreed yet, but deal of around £7m being discussed 👇https://t.co/xNBGev6bYL
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) June 28, 2021
The Gunners opted not to replace the Bosnian when he was loaned to former club Schalke in January. It was a decision that would later cause a headache when Tierney picked up an untimely injury and Arteta shuffled his pack to accommodate Granit Xhaka in his place.
Having sniffed around underwhelming options like Ryan Bertrand and Patrick van Aanholt, it’s certainly welcome that we’re shunning experience in favour of youth.
Standing at 6ft tall and with 41 appearances to his name at the Estadio da Luz, Tavares looks an interesting prospect. We’ll be curious to see how quickly this situation moves.
The majority of Arsenal’s first team are due back at London Colney in 10 days time and Arteta has repeatedly said he’d love to get his transfer business done as early as possible. Bids for Brighton’s Ben White and Anderlecht’s Albert Lokonga have also been tabled.