Marseille have expressed interest in acquiring the services of left-back Nuno Tavares, who is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest from Arsenal.
The Portuguese defender made the move to the City Ground in the summer of 2023 but could be on the verge of another transfer, according to insights provided by French outlet L’Equipe.
L’Equipe’s report indicates that Marseille is actively seeking a left-back during the January transfer window, and Tavares has emerged as a prime target for the Ligue 1 club.
Despite being expected to complete the season with Nottingham Forest, speculation suggests that Tavares might be recalled by Arsenal due to his limited impact, having made just two starts and two substitute appearances for the Reds in the Premier League this season.
However if Arsenal are to sell Nuno Tavares this month they will have to agree some sort of contract termination with Nottingham Forest, as there is no recall option in his current deal.
The 23-year-old left-back, who joined Arsenal from Benfica in July 2021, has reportedly expressed openness to the possibility of a return to Ligue 1 with Marseille. The French club’s interest could potentially lead to a transfer during the ongoing transfer window, providing Tavares with a new opportunity in the top-flight French football.
For Arsenal, selling Tavares to Marseille could serve as a strategic move to generate funds for reinforcing their attacking options. The Gunners are keen to strengthen their attacking lineup, and the sale of Tavares could contribute to their financial objectives.
Tavares had initially joined Olympique de Marseille on a season-long loan in 2022, after making 28 appearances for Arsenal on his debut season. He found himself surplus to requirements after the arrival of Ukrainian international Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.
The left-back had hoped to make his loan move to Marseille permanent but Mikel Arteta reportedly did not sanction a deal for his departure.
The Portuguese’s journey saw an impressive debut for Marseille with a goal in a 4–1 victory over Reims. However, an incident in a match against Montpellier on January 2, 2023, led to his suspension after deliberately kicking Arnaud Souquet in the box, resulting in a three-match ban.