According to Portuguese outlet Jornal de Noticias, Arsenal and Benfica have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Nuno Tavares.
Fabrizio Romano broke the news last night on Twitter and multiple outlets have since backed that claim. Arsenal’s interest certainly seems genuine, and if the report from Portugal is to be believed, the signing is imminent.
It is claimed that Tavares has been offered a five-year deal by the Gunners. There was interest from Napoli and Southampton in the talented left-back, but Arsenal anticipated the competition and rushed in with an offer. That seems to have done the trick.
How much will Arsenal pay for Nuno Tavares?
The report from JN doesn’t shed any light on the fees involved, but multiple other outlets have over the last few hours.
David Ornstein of The Athletic claims that Tavares will cost less than £8.6 million, while Charles Watts from Goal claims that a deal is set to be completed for as little as £7 million in the coming days.
That is an absolute bargain for Arsenal. The Portuguese under-21 international has a release clause worth £75.5 million, and he still has three years left on his contract. If Edu can seal a deal for about £7 million, it could prove to be one of his best moves at the Emirates.
Arsenal have been linked with plenty of experienced options at left-back over the last few months. Free agents Ryan Bertrand and Patrick van Aanholt were reportedly on our wish list, but our move to sign Tavares shows a clear change in transfer policy.
The Athletic claim that the Gunners were looking for a left-back between the age of 20 and 22 from the start. Arteta and Edu’s aim was to sign someone who would not only provide cover when necessary for Kieran Tierney, but also learn from him and potentially succeed him in the future.
Tavares checked both of those boxes and he really is a very talented player. He has all the qualities to become a top-quality left-back in the coming years, and with injuries always troubling Tierney, he could get plenty of opportunities next term.