Arsenal full-back Nuno Tavares is in line to undergo medical tests later today to finalise his move to Olympique Marseille, according to the French news outlet L’Equipe.
Tavares is expected to join Marseille on a season-long loan deal which would be subjected to medical examinations. He was looking to be nearing a move to Atalanta before the potential transfer broke down at the last moment.
A move to the French club seemed to be complicated at one point, but Marseille and the Gunners’ good relationship came in handy to reach an agreement. The Portuguese defender will now travel to France to take part in the examinations to complete his loan deal.
The Ligue 1 outfit ramped up their efforts over the last day or so to find common ground over this loan move. They decided to pursue Darko Lazovic of Hellas Verona at one stage as he was lined up as an alternative for Tavares, but the failed attempt saw them turn to the Gunners ace once again, leading to this situation.
Having recently signed Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City in a deal worth around £32million (Sky Sports). With Kieran Tierney also being an option for the left-back position, loaning out Tavares is a wise decision from the north London side.
Tavares has often struggled with consistency when given opportunities, so perhaps this move elsewhere could do him some wonders. After all, he could receive game time regularly, unlike the case at the Emirates following Zinchenko’s arrival in this transfer window.
Not to mention, Tavares can also ply his trade in the Champions League after Marseille qualified for the prestigious competition. The heightened challenge could force the 23-year-old to do his best which could give him a greater chance of finding his feet in London when he returns next summer.
William Saliba enjoyed a great time on loan with Marseille last season, so the fans would hope Tavares does the same with Tierney continuing to struggle with injuries even now. It remains to be seen whether this temporary exit would end up being a good piece of business or not moving forward.