Marseille sporting director Pablo Longoria has been in London in recent days to try and secure a loan move for Arsenal’s Nuno Tavares.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Nuno Tavares of Arsenal controls the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Nuno Tavares of Arsenal controls the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 26, 2021. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

La Provence report that Nuno Tavares is one of Marseille’s options for the left-back position this summer. Sporting director Pablo Longoria has been in London in recent days to pursue the loan transfer.

L’Equipe recently reported that Marseille see Tavares as a priority transfer target this summer, following the arrival of Igor Tudor as their new head coach.

Tudor plans to use wing-backs, and Marseille see Tavares as a strong addition for the role on the left-hand side.

Arsenal obviously have good relations with the French club following the transfers of Matteo Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac, and the loan of William Saliba.

It’s reportedly likely a loan for Tavares would include an option to buy.

Goal previously claimed Tavares’ future is directly linked to Arsenal’s incomings. If Arsenal succeed in making a left-sided defensive signing, Tavares could go on loan, but if not, he’s expected to stay.

This is similar to a recent report from David Ornstein, who wrote that Marseille want a loan, and Arsenal will consider sanctioning it as long as they can recruit a player in that area.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Emile Smith Rowe celebrates with teammate Nuno Tavares of Arsenal after scoring their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on October 30, 2021 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND: Emile Smith Rowe celebrates with teammate Nuno Tavares of Arsenal after scoring their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on October 30, 2021. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Di Marzio had also reported that Atalanta had set their sights on Tavares this summer, though their director suggested it wasn’t an easy transfer.

“I’ve followed Tavares since he was playing for Benfica’s youth team, he’s a strong player,” Lee Congerton said.

“But Tavares is under contract with Arsenal – and it’s really difficult to sign players from Premier League clubs.”

Arsenal only brought Tavares to the club last summer, signing him from Benfica for around £7m.

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