Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares has revealed he asked for a clause in his loan deal to join Olympique de Marseille which would give the French giants the chance to sign the full-back.
Speaking to RMC Sport Radiothe Portuguese youth international has admitted he and his agents want Marseille given the chance to sign the left-back at the end of the 22-year-old’s loan spell in Ligue 1, although the technical director of Arsenal, Edu Gaspar, refused the idea. .
While the loan deal was still ongoing, the decision not to include a signing option could hurt Marseille with Tavares on the rise in France, with the defender scoring an incredible three goals in just six league appearances for the Igor Tudor’s team, more than the fullback led last season with Arsenal.
Playing as a left-back, Tavares has thrived in France in his new role and in Marseille’s 3-4-3 formation, with Arsenal fans in particular amazed by the former Benfica star’s performance with his new club on loan given his first year rollercoaster in the Premier League.
Signed last summer for a reported £7m Tavares’ performances have fluctuated from incredible to disastrous, and the defender’s loan to Marseille was made with the intention of improving the youngster’s overall game as well as shaping some of the brutality that the rear still has.
Still, had things gone Tavares’ way, the defender could soon sign for Marseille, with the 22-year-old saying: “Discussing with my agents, we wanted an option to buy, but Arsenal didn’t want to. Whether it’s an option, it doesn’t matter, I’m a Marseille player, and with or without the possibility of staying here, I’m happy.
Marseille could push to sign Tavares this summer if form continues
Tavares’ early season form for Marseille came as a surprise to many given how the defender ended the campaign for Arsenal last term, but the potential for a player to explode out of the Portuguese youngster has always been there, and the French club could push to sign the star from Arsenal if this kind of performance continues.
Indeed, with Tavares himself already pushing for a purchase option in his contract, there appears to be interest from the player’s side that a permanent deal will happen in future, and if the full-back continues to dominate Ligue 1, Marseille could go bankrupt next time. summer to sign the 22-year-old from Arsenal.
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