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Report: Nuno Tavares to join Arsenal ‘in the next few hours’; will sign a five-year deal

Arsenal will reportedly complete the signing of Nuno Tavares shortly after agreeing a five-year deal for the Benfica youngster.

According to Record, the 21-year-old will join the Gunners ‘in the next few hours’. The fee is believed to be €8m (£6.8m) plus bonuses.

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As per the report, the transfer could be happening so fast because Benfica’s financial year ends today, and there’s a chance the Portuguese giants want to include the income in the current accounts.

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Fabrizio Romano also reports that Arsenal are close to signing Nuno Tavares. The Sky Sports Italia journalist also claims that the Gunners are on the verge of recruiting Albert Sambi Lokonga from R.S.C. Anderlecht, as well.

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Tavares will be an interesting addition to Arsenal this summer. Indeed, the defender fills a crucial void in the squad, that being a back-up left-back for Kieran Tierney.

Whilst the Gunners won’t play in Europe next season, the Scotsman’s injury record suggests that the Portuguese youngster will likely play some first-team football. Tierney missed nine games last season due to various bumps and bruises.

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At £6.8m, Arsenal have landed themselves a financial bargain with Tavares, who will serve as backup for Tierney next season.

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Indeed, whilst some deals this summer look questionable financially, namely the £50m deal for Ben White as reported by the Athletic, the Gunners have played their cards excellently for Tavares.

The defender is in the early stages of his career and has no expectations to take Arsenal by storm. Tierney is the club’s main left-back after signing a new five-year deal earlier in the month.

Yet whilst no European football could hinder his development due to a lack of games, Tavares will likely still play a decent amount of matches given the League Cup, FA Cup, and Tierney’s injury record.

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