Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares wanted by Olympique Marseille | Soccer

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Nuno Tavares made 27 appearances for Arsenal last season (Picture: Getty)

Olympique Marseille are reportedly keen to sign Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares, who was also interested by Atalanta.

Tavares only joined the Emirates from Benfica last summer to act as a replacement for first-choice left-back Kieran Tierney.

However, the 22-year-old has struggled a lot in his 27 appearances and became notorious after a very poor performance in April’s 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace at half-time.

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Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez is wanted by Arsenal and Man Utd (Picture: Getty)

There were some positive moments though, including a goal in the 3-1 win Manchester United and Arsenal don’t seem to have faith in the player just yet and are ready to loan the Portugal youth international to the club.

Serie A club Atalanta were heavily linked with Tavares but loudly Fabrizio RomanoAccording to Foot Mercato, Marseille have entered the race and appear to have held talks with the Gunners.

The Ligue 1 club really want Tavares but have yet to agree the terms of the transfer with Arsenal, although it will definitely be a loan deal.

Marseille appear to be on good terms with Mikel Arteta’s club, who have recently loaned out defender Sead Kolasinac and midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from North London, as well as William Saliba, with the French side reportedly keen on signing the young centre-back on a permanent basis.

Romano also reports that Arsenal are still working on a deal to sign Lisandro Martinez from Ajax who could end up replacing Tavares as the centre-back can play both at left-back and in defensive midfield.

Arsenal are reportedly ready to pay €30m (£25.8m) for the Argentine, but Ajax have at least €50m (£43m) ready.

Meanwhile, the Gunners have recently completed the signing of midfielder Fabio Vieira and continue to work on contracts for Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Leeds’ Raphinha.

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