OFFICIAL: Arsenal sign Nuno Tavares

Arsenal have officially confirmed the signing of Benfica’s Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares in a deal worth £8m.

The 21-year-old defender had been closely linked with a move to North London since the opening of the transfer window and the club have now officially confirmed the move.

A statement on Arsenal’s official website confirmed the switch:

Nuno Tavares has joined us from Benfica on a long-term contract. The 21-year-old defender developed through the Benfica youth system, making his Benfica B debut in October 2018, before progressing into the first team squad. He made his first-team debut in the Portuguese Super Cup win over Sporting Lisbon in August 2019.

Technical director Edu said: “Nuno is a talented young player who was wanted by a number of clubs across Europe. He will provide strong back-up in the left-back position. We look forward to him growing and developing with us and becoming an important member of the first-team squad.”

Manager Mikel Arteta said: “We welcome Nuno to the club. He is a young player with great promise who has developed very well with Benfica in recent seasons and has also shown his quality by being part of Portugal Under-21s. Nuno’s arrival will give the squad extra strength and options in defence, particularly with this energy on the left side of the pitch. We look forward to Nuno’s arrival soon, his integration into the Arsenal family and playing in front of our fantastic supporters.”

An official announcement on the value of the deal hasn’t been made, but the transfer is expected to cost Arsenal up to £8m which includes potential add-ons.

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