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Marseille approach Arsenal with Nuno Tavares loan offer

Marseille have reportedly made an offer to sign Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares on loan for the 2022-23 season.

The 22-year-old arrived at the Emirates from Benfica last summer and ended his debut year at Arsenal with one goal and two assists from 28 outings in all tournaments.

Tavares made 22 appearances in the Premier League during Kieran Tierney’s injury-forced layoffs, starting 13 of them and scoring his first goal for the club against Manchester United.

However, the Portugal Under-21 international was criticised for some below-par defensive displays and was memorably taken off in the first half of the Gunners’ FA Cup third-round loss to Nottingham Forest.

With Tierney set to return from injury in time for the start of the new season, Arsenal are said to be considering the possibility of a loan move elsewhere for Tavares.

According to French outlet Foot Mercato, Marseille – who were previously reported to hold an interest in Tavares have now approached Arsenal with a loan offer for the defender.

The report adds that Marseille’s proposal also includes an option to buy, and Arsenal are yet to respond to the Olympiens’ request, but a straight loan deal would be acceptable to the Gunners.

Atalanta BC chief Lee Congerton has also revealed that his side hold an interest in signing Tavares, whose contract with Arsenal does not expire until the summer of 2025.

“I’ve followed Tavares since he was playing for Benfica’s youth team, he’s a strong player. But Tavares is under contract with Arsenal – and it’s really difficult to sign players from Premier League clubs,” the Evening Standard quotes Congerton as saying.

Should Marseille try to strike a permanent deal for the left-back, Arsenal would supposedly be after a €40m (£34.5m) fee to let Tavares leave for good.

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