According to AthleticsBrighton have firmly rejected claims they are interested in signing Nuno Tavares from Arsenal.
It was previously reported that Brighton have entered into talks with the Portuguese full-back, but according to The Athletic a well-placed source denied this.
Tavares’ short-term future at Arsenal has been widely discussed this summer, with reports also suggesting that Atalanta are confident of signing the 22-year-old, but the Serie A side want an option to buy. included in the agreement.
Athletic are reporting that Brighton are interested in signing a left-back this summer, with current first-choice Marc Cucurella heavily linked with a move to Manchester City.
A loan move for Tavares would be ideal this season
After joining Benfica last summer in a deal worth £7million (Objective), Tavares played second fiddle to Kieran Tierney in the Arsenal squad, but struggled at times to adapt to the rise of Premier League football.
He had a seven-game league run to prove himself alongside Mikel Arteta in October last year, being described as ‘very gifted’ by his manager at the time, but back-to-back defeats to Man United and Everton saw Tavares lose his starting spot.
An injury to the Scottish defender at the end of the season meant that Tavares played eight of the last ten league games of the season as Arsenal could not secure Champions League football.
However, the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Man City, who played mainly as a left-back under Pep Guardiola, could further limit Tavares’ playing time, and so a temporary move elsewhere may be the best option for him this time around. season.
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