Nuno Tavares about to join OM, medical examination expected this Friday

While the track leading to the left side of Arsenal seemed to have taken the lead in the wing, Nuno Tavares would be very close to being loaned to OM for a season, several sources indicated on Thursday. The 22-year-old Portuguese would even be expected in Marseille for his medical visit this Friday.

After several twists and turns, Olympique de Marseille would finally hold its left side. This Thursday, Gianluca Di Marzio, Fabrizio Romano or even L’Équipe agree that the Arsenal player is very close to signing up with the Marseille club. It would be a one-season loan, with no option to buy.

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The 22-year-old Portuguese would even be expected this Friday in Marseille to pass his medical examination. About ten players ago, the player had made an about-face and no longer seemed so sure of joining the vice-champions of France. But the good relations maintained by OM with Arsenal, as evidenced by the arrivals of Mattéo Guendouzi and William Saliba last summer, enabled the Marseille leaders to relaunch negotiations. According to Fabrizio Romano, the failure of discussions between Arsenal and Atalanta also allowed Marseille to regain control.

28 games with Arsenal last season

Having played 28 games in all competitions for Arsenal, Tavares is open to a move due to competition for his position with Kieran Tierney and the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City. Igor Tudor, new OM coach, has made recruiting a full-back who can play in a five-man defense a priority.

The club was also targeting Darko Lazovic (31), a Serbian player from Hellas Verona. But that will not happen when an agreement seemed close. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Lazovic’s teammates have pushed for him to stay in a dressing room where he is highly respected. Another reason would explain the failure of the transfer: the Kevin Strootman case. The Olympian club wanted to integrate its Dutch midfielder into the transaction but the two parties did not agree on the distribution of the salary covered.

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