TavaresArsenal move from Benfica a ‘done dealand contract to be signed today

NUNO TAVARES should complete a £7million move from Benfica today as the first arrival in Arsenal’s summer shake-up.

The Portugal Under-21 star is tipped to end the Gunnerssearch for left-back cover, with paperwork confirming thedone dealexpected to be signed within hours.

Portugal U-21 midfielder Nuno Tavares is ready to switch from home country giants Benfica to the Gunners

Portugal U-21 midfielder Nuno Tavares is ready to switch from home country giants Benfica to the GunnersKrediet: Getty

Scotland ace Kieran Tierney has just penned a new long-term deal to reward his outstanding 2020-21 Premier League season.

But Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been chasing defensive back-up down that flank, as England’s Euro 2020 held Bukayo Saka is being used further forward and Ainsley Maitland-Miles is also more attack-minded.

And for a fee of 8million euros plus add-ons, 21-year-old Tavares would be the type of investment Arteta prefers as he builds for the future.

Respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted on Wednesday the move was adone deal”.

Hy het bygevoeg: “Paperwork to be signed today between #AFC and Benfica board.

Romano claimed Arsenal’s interest was first aroused when Benfica opened talks with Matteo Guendouzi.

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Maar die France U-21 midfielder now wants to join Marseille, while his Gunners’ team-mate Granit Xhaka is close to a Roma switch.

Arteta’s biggest transfer discussions, wel, seem certain to involve Brighton centre-back Ben White.

Having reportedly seen bids of £40m and £42m rejected, Arsenal might need to pay out around £50m to secure the 23-year-old.

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