Talks between Arsenal and Olympique Marseille over the potential loan signing of Nuno Tavares have reportedly stalled according to a new update from Fabrizio Romano on Twitter.
Taking to social media, the Italian journalist revealed that negotiations between the Gunners and the French giants are ‘not progressing’ after Marseille approached Arsenal over Tavares, with the Ligue 1 side keen on signing the Portuguese defender on loan for the season.
Tavares endured a mixed season with Arsenal as the 22-year-old both impressed and frustrated supporters with his inconsistent performances, with the Gunners now exploring the option of loaning out the defender for the season, with Marseille looking at signing the left-back.
However, despite being in the driving seat, talks have now stalled between Marseille and Arsenal, with new reports from the English media now claim that Real Sociedad have also entered the picture to bring the former Benfica talent to the Basque country for the season.
With Arsenal reportedly close to sign Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City, loaning out Tavares makes a lot of sense from Mikel Arteta’s perspective, with the Portuguese talent in need of some refining before becoming a full-time member of the Gunners’ squad.
Indeed, Marseille would have been perfect for Tavares given their UEFA Champions League status for next season and the incredible work the club did last year in developing William Saliba, however, Sociedad could be a more suitable option for the Arsenal fullback.
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Tavares’ style of play would be classified as ‘chaotic’ a club that many supporters also label Marseille as, and it’s because of this that Sociedad would be a much more suitable loan team for the Arsenal talent to join this summer.
The La Liga side will be competing in Europe in the form of the UEFA Europa League, and Tavares would be playing in a division where his style of play would be redefined and turned down a few notches in a development spell that could be incredibly beneficial for the Portuguese defender.
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