Arsenal have confirmed the arrival of left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica, with the price believed to be across the £8m mark.
Head coach Mikel Arteta has been eager to bolster his choices on the left-hand facet of defence following Kieran Tierney’s injury-plagued first two seasons with the Gunners, and Tavares’ arrival provides the Spaniard one other pure various.
Since becoming a member of from Celtic in 2019, Tierney has endured a number of spells on the sidelines – forcing Arteta to shuffle his pack and deploy Granit Xhaka, and sometimes Bukayo Saka, out of place with the intention to fill the void.
The Swiss worldwide carried out admirably within the position, however with a transfer to Roma looming, Arteta has moved swiftly to supply a succesful reinforcement.
“Nuno Tavares has joined us from Benfica on a long-term contract,” Arsenal’s assertion started. “The 21-year-old defender developed by the Benfica youth system, making his Benfica B debut in October 2018, earlier than progressing into the primary crew squad. He made his first-team debut within the Portuguese Tremendous Cup win over Sporting Lisbon in August 2019.”
Arteta additionally took the prospect to welcome Tavares, expressing his delight at having secured the signing of a participant he considers to have “nice promise”.
“We welcome Nuno to the membership,” the Spaniard stated. “He’s a younger participant with nice promise who has developed very nicely with Benfica in latest seasons and has additionally proven his high quality by being a part of Portugal Below-21s.
“Nuno’s arrival will give the squad additional power and choices in defence, notably with this power on the left facet of the pitch. We stay up for Nuno’s arrival quickly, his integration into the Arsenal household and enjoying in entrance of our incredible supporters.”
The Portugal Below-21 worldwide handed a medical in Lisbon lately, although affirmation of his signing was delayed as he was compelled to endure a interval of isolation after arriving in London.
There was no official affirmation over the size of Tavares’ contract, but it surely’s been extensively reported that he is penned a four-year cope with the choice of an extra fifth. Equally, the membership have but to launch any data concerning the price they’ve paid Benfica – but it surely’s understood the determine will likely be round €8m (£6.8m) with €2m (£1.7m) in add-ons.