Arsenal demand £34m option to buy clause in Atalanta deal for £7m defender

Will Ford
Tavares Arsenal

Arsenal are reportedly willing to let Nuno Tavares join Atalanta on loan this summer, but are demanding a £34m option to buy clause in the deal.

Tavares endured a turbulent first season with the Gunners last term having joined for £7m from Benfica, making 28 appearances following the injury to first choice left-back Kieran Tierney.

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The 22-year-old produced some special moments, particularly in attacking areas, but was frequently criticised for lacklustre performances in the second half of the season.

Serie A side Atalanta are interested in taking the full-back on loan, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

Manager Gian Piero Gasperini will utilise Tavares as a left wing-back, which is likely to bring the best out of the Portuguese star, who is more comfortable on the front foot.

But the Gunners are said only to be willing to sanction the deal with a £34m option to buy clause in place.

Meanwhile, Porto have confirmed in a statement that Arsenal have completed the signing of midfielder Fabio Vieira.

There was little speculation over a potential move until yesterday when the news broke that the Portugal under-21 international would be having his medical today.

His agents tied up all the loose ends today and now Porto have announced that the transfer is complete with the Portuguese Primeira Liga club set to receive €35m up front with €5m in add-ons.

A statement from Porto read: “Deal complete for amount of €40m, and of these, €5m are dependent on achievement of sports objectives.”

Vieira won Player of the Tournament last year at the Under-21 European Championship and backed that up by contributing six goals and 14 assists in 27 appearances over the past season.

On Vieira’s arrival, former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said: “I will be honest, I haven’t heard too much about him but I looked him up on YouTube when I saw the news break.

“He looks good. Everyone looks good on YouTube but he looks like he has got a bit about him. Six goals and 14 assists from midfield. That’s impressive.

“We all knew that Arsenal had to make some signings because they are in Europe. They need to get a bigger squad, so they are making moves, which is nice.”