Olympique Marseille are interested in signing Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares on loan for the upcoming season, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.
Tavares passed through two clubs as a youngster before joining the Under-17 side at Benfica. There he rose to the first team in 2019, and Arsenal materialized their interest in his talent two years later.
Given he’s still only 22, Tavares was given plenty of chances to impress manager Mikel Arteta in 2021/22, with 13 starts in the Premier League, mostly due to the injury issues plaguing Kieran Tierney. However, it’s fair to say that he’s so far failed to show he can be relied on, with a number of his mistakes costing the Gunners goals at the wrong end of the pitch.
Arteta is now said to be keen to strengthen his defensive ranks further, with Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez named by several sources as his preferred target these days. There have also been reports linking Arsenal with Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko who could be allowed to leave the Etihad, for what would be a double swoop if Arsenal manage to land their primary attacking target, Gabriel Jesus.
Unlike Arsenal, Marseille are preparing for a season in the Champions League after finishing just behind Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, and like Arteta, head coach Jorge Sampaoli would like to increase the depth of his squad after William Saliba made a big impact on loan at the Stade Velodrome on loan in 2021/22.
The Gunners have already done some notable business in the market this summer, securing the services of goalkeeper Matt Turner, winger Marquinhos and attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira.