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Romano confirms next Arsenal exit with £12m buy option inserted into Nottingham Forest deal

Ben Stewart
Emile Smith Rowe and Nuno Tavares of Arsenal

Emile Smith Rowe and Nuno Tavares line up before Arsenal match

Fabrizio Romano has confirmed who Arsenal’s next outgoing player will be as Nottingham Forest have agreed a loan deal with the option to buy.

With the end of the transfer window now in sight, things are bound to heat up in the coming days. Arsenal have had a productive transfer window so far, but more movement is expected between now and the end of the window.

Mikel Arteta has added the likes of Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber and David Raya to his ranks so far. The current focus at the Emirates seems to be on shifting some of their unwanted stars.

Folarin Balogun is said to be closing in on a move to Monaco and Emile Smith Rowe could yet complete a shock transfer to Chelsea.

The future of Nuno Tavares has been up in the air all summer, but his next move has now been confirmed by Romano.

“Nuno Tavares to Nottingham Forest, here we go! Deal agreed with Arsenal on loan until June 2024,” Romano confirmed on Twitter.

“Understand loan fee will be bit higher than £1m plus £12m buy option. Medical tests being completed today, new left back for Forest.”

Steve Cooper will be pleased to get this deal over the line as he will have a new player to rely upon down the left-hand side. Compared to last summer, Forest have had a more measured approach to the transfer window as Tavares is set to become their seventh addition.

Deal suits all parties

With a reasonable buy option being included in this deal, it should suit all parties. Tavares will get the chance to impress at a new club and Arsenal could bank a steady profit on the player.

The Portuguese full-back joined the Gunners back in 2021 for a fee of around £8m. After featuring in 28 games in his debut season, he soon slipped down the pecking order.

He spent last season on loan with Marseille and his first team opportunities at Arsenal probably would have been slim if he did decide to stick around.

Tavares showcased what he was all about during his loan spell with Marseille and Nottingham Forest fans can get excited about the player they are bringing in.

The attacking full-back scored scored six goals in Ligue 1 last season and looked to develop the defensive side of his game too.

Cooper has an excellent track record when it comes to working with younger players and the 23-year-old should be a natural fit into his system.

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