Though Marseille and Atalanta are showing interest in a loan for Nuno Tavares, the defender is likely to remain unless Arsenal make a signing first.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Nuno Tavares of Arsenal arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and Arsenal at Turf Moor on September 18, 2021 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
BURNLEY, ENGLAND: Nuno Tavares of Arsenal arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and Arsenal at Turf Moor on September 18, 2021. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Goal report that Nuno 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 – likely Lisandro Martinez.

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.”

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)

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

After 28 appearances this season, Arsenal are clearly open to giving the defender the chance to play more regularly on loan, but they can’t go into the new season with just Kieran Tierney.

This is one to keep an eye on as the window progresses.

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