Arsenal interested in left-back Tavares

Arsenal are interested in signing Benfica’s young left-back Nuno Tavares.

A back-up for Kieran Tierney is one of the Gunners’ priorities this summer and Tavares is a promising Portugal U21 international.

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The 21-year-old broke into Benfica’s first team in 2019 and made 14 league appearances last season plus five more in the Europa League.

He is a tall, strong, athletic full-back with good crossing and passing ability, who likes to get forward and attack.

Tavares came through Benfica’s youth ranks and played for their B team first, before making 41 appearances for Benfica’s seniors so far.

Now that Tierney has signed a new long-term contract, Arsenal are looking to tie up some competition for the Scotland international.

The Gunners are looking to make some significant changes to their squad this summer. They are closing in on the £50m signing of Ben White from Brighton, while attempting to fend off interest from Aston Villa in Emile Smith Rowe.

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Inter Milan are interested in right-back Hector Bellerin as a replacement for PSG-bound Achraf Hakimi, while Arsenal are also looking to get competition for Bernd Leno in goal – eyeing up Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale among others.

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Arsenal Women appoint Eidevall as new head coach

Arsenal Women have appointed Jonas Eidevall as their new head coach.

Eidevall, 38, joins from Swedish side Rosengard after helping the Malmo-based club reach the quarter-finals of last season’s Women’s Champions League.

He succeeds Joe Montemurro, who left Arsenal this summer having guided the Gunners to the 2018-19 Women’s Super League title and Continental League Cup in 2018.

After initially coaching in men’s football, Eidevall joined Rosengard first as an assistant and then as the head coach, achieving back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014.

He had a brief spell as Henrik Larsson’s assistant at Helsingborgs, before returning to Rosengard and leading them to the 2018 Swedish Cup and their first league title in four years in 2019.

“Arsenal have a rich history, more successful than any other women’s team in England,” said Eidevall.

“I want to add to these honours. It’s super important that we win, and we will be very ambitious about that, but it’s even more important that we live the values and defend the club badge on a day-to-day basis. I cannot wait to do that at Arsenal.”

Joe Montemurro takes charge of his final game as Arsenal Women head coach against Crystal Palace this weekend
Joe Montemurro left Arsenal at the end of last season and is now in charge at Juventus

Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham said Eidevall was the “standout candidate”.

“He will bring the style of football that Arsenal fans want to see,” said Venkatesham. “He’s someone who likes to play on the front foot, high-tempo, attractive, attacking football.

“The thing that really came out in all of our interactions with Jonas is how much he wanted to join Arsenal and his desire to be part of this club, his desire to be part of our future and to help us deliver our ambitions going forward. So we’re delighted that he’s joining us.”

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Inter Milan interested in Bellerin to replace Hakimi

Inter Milan are interested in signing Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, Sky in Italy are reporting.

The Serie A champions want the Spanish right-back on loan with an option to buy him next summer.

Arsenal value Bellerin in the region of £17m (€20m) and Inter see him as a replacement for Paris Saint-Germain-bound Achraf Hakimi.

Inter, who have been forced into selling players to accrue funds due to the impact of Covid 19, also have an interest in Chelsea right-back Davide Zappacosta, who was on loan at Genoa last season.

Serie A winning team Inter Milan
Achraf Hakimi – seen here about to lift the Serie A title in May – is expected to join Paris Saint-Germain

According to previous reports by Sky in Italy, Zappacosta was suggested in a cash-plus-players deal for Hakimi to join Chelsea earlier this month.

Hakimi is on the verge of joining Mauricio Pochettino at PSG, however, in deal that could rise to £60m (€70m).

The fee will bring in a significant windfall for Inter, whose title-winning manager Antonio Conte left the club due to the need to make sizeable financial cuts.

It is not clear whether or not Arsenal are willing to part with Bellerin, who made 25 Premier League appearances last season, scoring once and setting up three goals.

He is currently Arsenal’s longest-serving player, having signed for Arsene Wenger as a youth from Barcelona in 2011 and going on to make 239 senior appearances to date.

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Tierney signs new long-term Arsenal deal

Kieran Tierney has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.

The left-back, who joined Arsenal from Celtic in the summer of 2019 in a £25m deal, has become an important figure in manager Mikel Arteta’s squad despite continued struggles with injury.

The 24-year-old, who was part of the Scotland squad knocked out of Euro 2020 after managing just one point in Group D with England, has made 62 appearances for Arsenal and helped them lift the FA Cup in his first season.

Tierney says it was an easy decision to extend his stay at the Emirates because the “vision” and “expectations” of Arsenal align with the ambitions he has for his career.

“It feels amazing, when the manager came to me and said that the club wanted to extend my deal and that they were so happy at how I’ve come on, it was amazing for me to hear,” Tierney told Arsenal’s website.

“I’ve worked so hard since I joined – I had a hard first season with injuries and Covid, but last season really picked up for me and the club have been brilliant with me. So I am more than happy to extend it.”

He added: “I think the vision of the club and where it wants to go, the expectations of the club is where I want to be in football, at the top.

“There’s no doubt about it that we’re not where we want to be just now but we’re going in the right direction.

Ben White (PA)


Arsenal are also trying to bring in new players to the squad and are in advanced negotiations to sign Ben White from Brighton in a £50m deal

“The way the club is run from the inside is amazing, I love everyone – all the staff, the players, the manager and working with them is an absolute joy.

“So being happy in life speaks for a lot and I am happy and more than happy to commit my future.”

Arteta is delighted to have tied Tierney down to a long-term deal, saying the defender has become one of the “most exciting players in the Premier League and a hugely important part of our team”.

Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta feels Tierney is an integral part of his Arsenal side going forward

“This is great news for us,” said Arteta. “As manager of the club, speaking on behalf of the coaching staff and the entire staff, it’s a pleasure to work with KT. His quality, energy, commitment and professionalism, not only on matchdays, but every day in training are always at such a high level.

“KT gives us so much extra strength both defensively and offensively and it’s great to know that he’ll be with us for the long term. Since his move from Celtic, his work ethic and quality has ensured that he is already one of most exciting players in the Premier League and a hugely important part of our team, both on and off the pitch.

“I know all the fans will join me, the players and staff in looking forward to seeing KT playing in an Arsenal shirt for a few more years!”

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