Arsenal: Arteta admits Arsenal could dip back in market after Jurrien Timber injury
Arsenal could be set for a cash injection to the tune of £30million if Edu can strike a deal with Nottingham Forest as Steve Cooper’s side look to sign Gunners forgotten man Nuno Tavares. The left-back has failed to impress Mikel Arteta and spent last season on loan at Marseille, but is likely to leave the Emirates on a permanent basis this summer.
Tavares has attracted interest from both Forest and West Ham, but the Hammers may miss out unless matching what could be a £30m offer. The Mirror have claimed that Forest are hoping to strike a deal at that valuation, with club owner Evangelos Marinakis not afraid to splash the cash following their return to the Premier League.
Forest are also looking to sign Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana according to The Athletic, having submitted a verbal offer close to £30m for the France international. This follows the mass spending spree after their promotion to the top flight that saw Cooper inherit 30 new signings in the summer and January transfer windows last season.
Arsenal signed Tavares for just £8m in 2021 and made 22 league appearances in his first season at the club, before reportedly “annoying” Arteta and then later being loaned to Marseille. French outlets claimed that the 23-year-old became a nuisance at the club and the boss was “often annoyed with his behaviour” which is why he was sent away on a temporary basis.
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Tavares has not been included in any of Arteta’s squads to begin the season and Arsenal would likely be glad to receive a £22m profit on a player that has failed to win over those at the club, but Forest are in need of a left-back as last season’s loanee Renan Lodi instead moved from Atletico Madrid to Marseille this summer – incidentally taking over from Tavares.
The Portuguese full-back could kickstart a major clearout at the Emirates this summer, with Kieran Tierney, Folarin Balogun, Cedric Soares and Albert Sambi Lokonga all potentially on the chopping block.
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The Scot’s future is more secure as a result of Jurrien Timber’s long-term injury, but Arsenal have the opportunity to rake in a sizable amount of cash through sales before the window closes.
The Gunners and Forest are yet to come to an agreement regarding Tavares and it remains to be seen whether the defender is interested in a move to the City Ground, but he would get an opportunity to become first choice under Cooper.
While Arsenal in return could fetch as much as £30m they perhaps were not expecting when they first considered selling Tavares.
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