Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares is reportedly set to join French giants Marseille on loan for the new season. The Portuguese junior international is on his way to Marseille after Arsenal officials agreed a loan deal for him.
Arsenal defender Tavares was not short of suitors when it became a public knowledge that he’s available on loan at least. French giants Marseille were joined in the race for the former Benfica star by Spanish club Real Sociedad and Italian team Atalanta.
Serie A side Atalanta were in the driving seat to sign Tavares on loan before talks with Arsenal collapsed after the Italians insisted on inserting an option to buy or an obligation to buy into the deal thus paving the way for Marseille to sign the player.
Marseille didn’t have an issue with the Arsenal demand that no obligation to buy or option to buy would be inserted into the deal. The French giants will pay the full salary of the player during his one-year loan spell at the club.
Arsenal signed Tavares from Portuguese side Benfica last summer in a £6.8m deal. He started 13 times in the Premier League last season. In total, Tavares made 22 appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League netting one goal and one assist in the process.