Report: PL club 'strongly deny' they're going to try and sign £7m player from Arsenal this summer
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Report: PL club 'strongly deny' they're going to try and sign £7m player from Arsenal this summer

According to The Athletic, Brighton have strongly dismissed claims that they are interested in signing Arsenal’s Nuno Tavares.

It had been previously reported that Brighton had opened talks with the Portuguese full-back, but according to The Athletic a well-placed source has denied this.

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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, however the Serie A side want an option to buy included in the deal.

The Athletic report 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 from Benfica last summer in a deal worth £7 million (Goal), Tavares has played second fiddle to Kieran Tierney in the Arsenal squad, but has struggled at times to adapt to the step up to Premier League football.

He was given a run of seven league games to prove himself in Mikel Arteta’s side 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.

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An injury to the Scottish defender at the end of the season meant Tavares played eight of the last ten league games of the season, as Arsenal were unable to secure Champions League football.

However, the signing of Man City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko, who played primarily as a left-sided defender under Pep Guardiola, could limit Tavares’ game time even further, and so a temporary move elsewhere may be the best option for him this season.

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