Arsenal have officially signed Nuno Tavares from Benfica in a deal believed to be worth around €8m.
The 21 year old left-back arrives as back-up for Kieran Tierney, who signed a new long-term contract with the club two weeks ago.
Welcome to The Arsenal, Nuno Tavares 👋 pic.twitter.com/379qyLXrxG
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 10, 2021
Speaking about the deal manager Mikel Arteta said: “We welcome Nuno to the club. He is a young player with great promise who has developed very well with Benfica in recent seasons and has also shown his quality by being part of Portugal Under-21s.
“Nuno’s arrival will give the squad extra strength and options in defence, particularly with this energy on the left side of the pitch. We look forward to Nuno’s arrival soon, his integration into the Arsenal family and playing in front of our fantastic supporters.”
Tavares, who will wear the number 20, has comes through the ranks at Benfica, progressing from youth level to first team where he made a total of 41 appearances since making his debut in 2019.
Tavares’ arrival probably means the end for Sead Kolasinac who, despite having one year left on his contract, is now well and truly surplus to requirements. He is no longer in Mikel Arteta’s plans, as evidenced by the decision to loan him in January despite being the only cover for Tierney, and the decision to sign another left-back copper-fastens that.
Welcome to the Arsenal, Nuno.