Nuno Tavares enters loan talks at Atalanta after falling down the pecking order at Arsenal due to Oleksandr Zinchenko’s arrival
- Nuno Tavares was a regular starter for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal last season
- He is now wanted by Italian club Atalanta as well as Brighton and Napoli
- Atalanta also want Ademola Lookman after impressive spell at Leicester
Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares discusses a loan move to Atalanta. The Italian team also want Ademola Lookman from Red Bull Leipzig.
Atalanta finished a vaguely disappointing eighth in Serie A last season after finishing third the year before.
Their head of recruitment is Lee Congerton who held a similar role at Leicester City where Lookman was on loan last season.
Nuno Tavares would be far down the pecking order if he stayed at Arsenal
It was an impressive spell for the 24-year-old, who scored eight goals in 42 appearances, including the only goal in Leicester’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool.
It was one of only two Premier League games Liverpool lost all season.
Brighton and Napoli have also inquired about 22-year-old Tavares, who has been pushed down the pecking order following the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Ademola Lookman impressed on loan at Leicester last season, scoring eight goals
The Portuguese full-back featured 28 times for the Gunners in all competitions last season and represented his country at various youth levels.
Moving to Atalanta could be good for Tavares as he would have a better chance of getting regular first-team football and continuing to play in a team looking to fight for a place in European football.
Mikel Arteta trusted him last season, but with Zinchenko and Kieran Tierney ahead of him, a loan away from the Emirates could be the best move for all parties.