Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares is contemplating a move back to Olympique Marseille after struggling to make an impact in the Premier League.
Arsenal signed Tavares in 2021 from Benfica for £8 million and made few appearances in his first season in England before moving on a season long loan to Ligue 1 with Olympique Marseille in 2022.
He joined Nottingham Forest on loan this season and has made a couple of appearances at the City Ground. However, the Gunners are reportedly eager to offload the left-back this season, given the surplus of options available in the left-wing back position.
He had successes playing in France and Marseille has emerged as a frontrunner for Tavares, with speculations linking the player to a potential move.
RMC Sport suggests that Tavares himself is keen on a return to the south of France, where Marseille are reportedly interested in securing the fullback’s services during the January transfer window.
Nuno Tavares has featured in four matches for Nottingham Forest this season in the Premier League, amassing a total of 184 minutes on the pitch. Notably, he concedes an average of 2.45 goals per 90 minutes, with a clean sheets ratio standing at 25%, indicating one clean sheet in the four matches played.
Sportrac.com further reports that Marseille are actively seeking a left-back, and a move for Tavares hinges on Nottingham Forest’s willingness to send the defender back to Arsenal, despite his contract extending until the summer of 2026.
Arsenal have had issues with moving players on but sees Tavares as a potential exception to this trend. A January move to Marseille, who are reportedly prepared to make a significant investment in the 23-year-old left-back, could prove to be a lucrative deal for the Gunners.
With just six days remaining before the closure of the January transfer window, the situation surrounding Nuno Tavares’s potential return to Marseille adds intrigue to Arsenal’s transfer dealings. As they look to streamline their squad, this move could represent a valuable piece of business for the Gunners, who are aware of the need to part ways with Tavares.