Nuno Tavares has joined Nottingham Forest on loan for the season.
Depending on how he gets on, the Portugal under-21 international could make the move on a permanent basis with City having an option to buy the player for £12 million plus add-ons next summer. There’s even talk of that becoming an obligation to buy if he hits certain targets, so it’s potentially a very decent deal.
Tavares joined the Gunners two years ago from Benfica for £7 million to provide backup to Kieran Tierney and the left-back impressed Mikel Arteta with his early performances who noted, “he is not fazed at all when is playing” and that “he is naturally a very gifted athlete.”
Unfortunately, those qualities didn’t add up to Tavares being a disciplined defender and soon enough, he lost the trust of his manager.
The writing was on the wall when Arsenal recruited Oleksandr Zinchenko last summer and Tavares was promptly shipped out on loan to Marseille. As was the case when he moved to Emirates Stadium, he made a strong start at the Stade Velodrome, even scoring three goals in his four games in Ligue 1.
While the wing-back role suited him better, stories started to filter out of France that the 23-year-old was considered a bit of a liability in defence. Despite making 39 appearances for Marseille, his return to London didn’t come as a surprise.
Clubs in Germany weighed up a move for him this summer before Forest stepped up their interest.
Nuno says, “I’m really happy to be here. Forest is an historic club which won two European Cups and to be part of it makes me really happy.
“I’m really happy to stay in the Premier League as it’s the best league in the world and I’m thankful to Forest for giving me that opportunity.”