Young Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard is set to join Burnley on a permanent deal, according to reports this afternoon.
🚨 Exclusive: Burnley in advanced talks to sign Daniel Ballard from Arsenal on a permanent transfer.#AFC intend to insert a clause into the deal which would grant them the opportunity to match future bids from prospective buyers.@TheAthleticUKhttps://t.co/CtspeH6pp7
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The highly-rated Northern Ireland international has impressed during loan spells with Blackpool and Millwall, and has attracted the attention of new Clarets’ boss Vincent Kompany.
The financial details of the deal are not yet available, but there believed to be a number of performance based clauses included, as well as an option for Arsenal to match any future bids for the player.
Meanwhile, according to Foot Mercato, Marseille are weighing up a move for Nuno Tavares who could be available on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
Signed for £7.5 million from Benfica last summer, Tavares made 27 appearances for the Gunners in his debut season providing backup to left-back Kieran Tierney who again struggled with injury issues.
While the Portugal under-21 international showed potential as an attacking outlet, he struggled to win over manager Mikel Arteta who is already on the lookout for alternatives. Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, a left-sided centre-back with experience playing at full-back, has already been the subject of an approach.
For his part, Tavares has already been linked with Atalanta this summer although the Serie A side’s head of recruitment, Lee Congerton, a known fan of the player, has played down the story saying “it’s really difficult to sign players from Premier League clubs”.
Marseille signed Sead Kolasinac as an option at left-back in January but the Bosnian has been far from convincing, and it may be a case he is replaced by someone who was, briefly, a former teammate.