Atalanta BC reveal interest in signing of 22-year-old Arsenal defender

By | June 23, 2022

Atalanta BC’s head of senior recruitment Lee Congerton has revealed that his team have been following the development of the Gunners Nuno Tavares.

The 22-year-old full-back has arrived last summer to provide backup to Kieran Tierney, however, was thrust into the first-team amid the Scotland international’s injury crisis.

Tavares ended his debut campaign at the Emirates Stadium with one goal and two assists from 27 games in all competitions, however, his performances earned mixed reviews.

The left-back showed flashes of quality going forward, however, some shaky defensive displays were criticised, and he was taken off early by Mikel Arteta in loss to Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.

The North London giants are believed to be considering the possibility of sending Tavares out on loan, and Serie A outfits, Atalanta chief Congerton has recently confirmed reports claiming that his team hold an interest in the Portugal U-21 side.

However, with the full-back under deal at the Emirates Stadium until the summer of 2025 with the option of an additional 12 months, the Atalanta chief is not expecting an easy period of negotiations.

“I’ve followed Tavares since he was playing for Benfica’s youth team, he’s a strong player. But Tavares is under contract with Arsenal – and it’s really difficult to sign players from Premier League clubs,” the Evening Standard quotes Congerton as saying.

Tavares started 13 Premier League games for the Gunners in the 2021-22 campaign, and the North London club are believed to be after a €40m (£34.5m) fee to sell him permanently.