Arsenal has signed Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares on a long-term contract, according to the Premier League club.
With a transaction apparently valued over PS8 million, the 21-year-old becomes Arsenal’s first summer addition.
Tavares has 25 first-team appearances for the Lisbon club and is a Portugal Under-21 international.
“We welcome Nuno to the club,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said on the club’s website.
He is a young player with a lot of potential who has progressed well with Benfica in recent seasons and has also proven his worth by playing for Portugal’s Under-21 team.
“With this energy on the left side of the pitch, Nunos’ presence will provide the squad extra strength and alternatives in defense.”
“We are looking forward to Nunos arrival shortly, his integration into the Arsenal family, and playing in front of our amazing supporters,” Artetas said. Tavares, who played against Arsenal in the Europa League last season, will join the Artetas side in the following days after completing his isolation requirements in the UK.
Arsenal has not disclosed the length of Tavares’ deal, other than to say it is a “long-term” arrangement, as is club policy.
“Nuno is a fantastic young player who was desired by a lot of clubs around Europe,” stated technical director Edu.
“At the left-back position, he’ll be a solid backup.”
We’re excited for him to grow and develop with us and become a valuable member of the first-team squad.”