Arsenal willing to penalize Nuno Tavares for sale if Gunners win Lisandro Martinez transfer race

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rsenal will consider letting Nuno Tavares leave the club this summer if they can sign a left-sided defender.

Tavares is a loan target for Marseille as they prepare to return to the Champions League next season after finishing second in the French Ligue 1.

Atalanta are also interested in the transfer of the 22-year-old, who was a replacement for first-back left-back Kieran Tierney last season and had some shaky moments when he joined the squad.

Arsenal are targeting highly-rated Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez as they look to continue their summer spending after agreeing a £34m deal to sign midfielder Fabio Vieira from Porto.

Martinez, who is valued at around £30m, will provide competition with centre-backs Ben White and Gabriel, but can also play as a left-back.

If Arsenal can secure Martinez, they may be willing to penalize Tavares’ exit.

Real Sociedad are also reported to be interested in the transfer of Tavares, who joined Arsenal from Benfica for around £8m last summer and made 28 appearances.

Nuno Tavares struggled during his debut season at Arsenal after joining from Benfica

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Atalanta set it as a target, but senior hiring chief Lee Congerton admitted the move could prove difficult.

Congerton said: “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 hard to sign players from Premier League clubs.”

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