Arsenal in talks with Benfica over £7m Tavares

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The 21-year-old made 19 appearances in all competitions for Benfica last season and is being viewed as back-up for Kieran Tierney, who signed a new long-term contract last week.

Talks between Arsenal and Benfica are understood to be progressing, with discussions centered around a price of around £7 million ($9.72m).

Nothing has been agreed yet, with talks continuing, but Arsenal is hopeful of getting a deal done for the young full-back, who is also attracting interest from other clubs across Europe.

The Gunners have prioritized bringing in another left-back this summer as cover for Tierney and have previously looked at the likes of Ryan Bertrand and Patrick van Aanholt.

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Tavares made a brief substitute appearance against the Gunners last season during Benfica’s 3-2 defeat in the Europa League knockout stages.

What sort of left-back is Tavares?

Tavares is viewed as a strong attacking left-back, who has excellent pace and athletic qualities.

He is prone to the occasional error defensively, however, that would be an area Arsenal would look to develop him should he complete a move to north London.

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