NUNO TAVARES’ loan switch to Atalanta has reportedly stalled with Arsenal reluctant to include an option-to-buy clause.
The 22-year-old left-back will be allowed to depart the Emirates on a temporary deal just one year after arriving from Benfica for £8million.
Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares could be on the move to Atalanta this summerCredit: Getty
Tavares has been deemed as surplus to requirements for the 2022-23 campaign following the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.
Despite featuring in 27 games in all competitions last season, Tavares was criticised over his inconsistent displays.
Still, there has been no shortage of admirers for the Portugal youth international, with Serie A side Atalanta known to be keen.
Meanwhile French giants Marseille have also been credited with an interest.
Brighton are also claimed to be keeping tabs on the player as a possible replacement for Marc Cucurella should the Spaniard join the Citizens.
But it is Atalanta that are leading the race to secure his services, though they are currently struggling to agree terms with Arsenal.
According to transfer guru Luca Bendoni, the Italian outfit have already reached an agreement with Tavares over the potential loan.
However Atalanta and the Gunners are yet to agree terms, with the latter unwilling to include an option-to-buy clause.
Though he insisted that Arsenal could accept a buy-option should it be deemed as too much to refuse.
It was reported earlier in the transfer window that the North Londoners would only accept a fee in the region of £35m.
Bendoni tweeted: “Nuno Tavares deal, update.
“Atalanta reached in the last days an agreement in principle on the player side, but agreement with Arsenal has *not* been reached.
“Atalanta want to include buy option, Arsenal don’t – deal now stalled.
“Been told Arsenal could accept a buy-option just in case there is a ‘very good fee.'”
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