English Premier League club Arsenal has announced the signing of Portugal international defender Nuno Tavares from Benfica on a long-term deal.
The 21-year-old left-back becomes the Gunners’ first signing in the current transfer window.
Tavares arrives as back-up for Kieran Tierney, who also signed a new long-term contract with the club two weeks ago.
“I’m so excited because it is a big club and for me as a young guy, it is a pleasure to be here. It’s good for my career and to begin at Arsenal is a big club. I’m very happy,” Tavares told the club’s official website.
For his part, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: “We welcome Nuno to the club. He is a young player with great promise who has developed very well with Benfica in recent seasons and has also shown his quality by being part of Portugal Under-21s.
“Nuno’s arrival will give the squad extra strength and options in defence, particularly with this energy on the left side of the pitch. We look forward to Nuno’s arrival soon, his integration into the Arsenal family, and playing in front of our fantastic supporters.”
Tavares, who will wear the No. 20, has come through the ranks at Benfica, progressing from the youth level to the first team, where he made a total of 41 appearances since making his debut in 2019. He has also been capped for Portugal Under-21s.
The young defender will join up with his new teammates in the coming days after he has travelled from Portugal and completed the current isolation regulations for international arrivals into the UK.