Arsenal complete €10m signing of Nuno Tavares from Benfica

Stefan Bienkowski
Arsenal complete the signing of Nuno Tavares from Benfica

Arsenal have completed their first major signing of the summer transfer window after confirming the signature of Benfica defender Nuno Tavares.

In a deal that will reportedly cost the London club around €10 million, the 21-year-old defender makes the move to Mikel Arteta’s side as cover for Kieran Tierney in the left-back position.

Tavares made 25 appearances for Benfica last season in all competitions and bagged three assists along the way.

He will now join his new club after a period of self-isolation in London as the first of what many assume will be a busy transfer period for Arsenal.

“We welcome Nuno to the club,” said Arteta in a statement on the Arsenal website.

“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.”

Arsenal sporting director Edu added: “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.”

More to follow at Arsenal this summer?

Arsenal are certainly waisting no time in upgrading their squad this summer and it seems as though Tavares won't be the last signing they make this summer.

The club are expected to complete the signing of Anderlecht midfielder Albert Lokonga in the coming days and could push the boat out for Brighton & Hove Albion central defender Ben White after Euro 2020 in a deal worth a remarkable £50 million.