Underperforming defender could cost Arsenal a fresh €1m

Nuno Tavares’s performance in the second half of the season has been less than stellar, but he was a standout player in the Olympique Marseille squad during the first half of the campaign.

It appears inevitable that Tavares will return to Arsenal, but the Gunners might have to pay an additional fee for his services.

In the initial 8-million-euro deal that brought him from Benfica, there were several add-ons included, and one of them is about to come into effect.

According to O Jogo, Arsenal will be required to pay an extra €1 million if Tavares earns his debut for the national team.

The report suggests that Roberto Martinez is set to include him in the upcoming international window, and Benfica anticipates the additional payment from Arsenal when that milestone is achieved.

Just Arsenal Opinion

We signed Tavares for the future, but he has been so poor that it makes us doubt if we made the right decision with his signing.

We hoped he would have a similar impact as William Saliba had at OM, but we are probably getting back a Tavares that is worse than he was in the last campaign at the Emirates.

Paying that money is ridiculous, but we made the agreement and must honour it.

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  1. I rate Tavarez highly. The problem was he could not adapt to rhe inverted leftback role Arteta wanted him to play. Maybe now with the aid of Zinchenko he will master ir. If he does he will definitely improve the team. He is more physical then both Tierny and Zinny. The other option could be to play him in the Xhaka role.
    ps. 1st to comment.

  2. Gotta say Martin ,if there was one player you have a problem with it’s Tavares,maybe look at the whole season he’s had ,by all accounts he’s been pretty decent,seems you have a axe to grind with him for some reason .

  3. Afc have a lot of ‘not good enough’players all different all for various reasons need to go and he is one Talent without consistancy and discipline equals not good enough.

  4. I dont at all agree with those posts saying TAVARES IS BETER THAN SOME THINK


    We need him gone and ASAP too.

  5. Tavares has raw talent that could make him explode into a top player on the left one day , I hope self destruct is not his thing

  6. Rarely have I seen a “defender” so completely lacking in positional sense and awareness.He is a terrific athlete, but as a footballer, decidedly limited.

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