Arsenal have confirmed the signing of former Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares in a £6.8million deal.
The deal, which will see the Gunners pay an additional £1.5million in add-ons, is Mikel Arteta’s first signing of the summer as the north Londoners face a first season without European football for a quarter of a century.
Tavares will wear the number 20 shirt at Arsenal and will act as competition for Kieran Tierney on the left-side of the Gunners defence.
The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta told the club’s official website: ‘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.’