Arsenal won’t sell 23-year-old star for less than 25m this summer

The Gunners are reportedly sticking to their guns

Arsenal will demand a massive 25m euros to sell loanee Nuno Tavares this summer amid interest from the Premier League and further afield, it has been reported.

The Portuguese defender arrived from Benfica for a fee of £7m in 2021 but suffered a tough first season in the Premier League.

Despite some bright moments, he was twice substituted before the second half began and offered performances littered with mistakes that blurred his raw talent.

The arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko last summer saw him pushed further down the pecking order, and he was sent out on loan to Olympique Marseilles.

After a bright start to his time in Ligue 1, he quickly faded and he started just one of the last 8 league games for the French side, who opted not to try and agree any permanent deal for the defender-come-winger.

That has not put off other suitors though, with West Ham thought to be among several sides keen to snap up the defender should Arsenal be as keen to cash in on Tavares as they have been reported to be.

But he won’t come cheap. As per Italian outlet TuttoMercato, the Gunners are set to demand 25m euros for the defender, which would see them triple their initial outlay in just two seasons.

Worse still for West Ham, the 23-year-old is ‘waiting for a more important club’ to come in for him, having been unenamoured by either David Moyes’ side or Galatasaray, with whom he has also been linked.

One of many set to depart this summer, Tavares is under contract for another two seasons in north London, meaning that a permanent deal is not an absolute necessity should no buyers come forward.

However, it seems that his time at the Emirates in any meaningful way has come to an end.

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Ben Browning

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