Nuno Tavares has been sensational for Marseille since making the season-long loan move from Arsenal in the summer transfer window. The defender has been given the necessary freedom to thrive in the early weeks of the campaign.
His performances have been so impressive that Marseille have awarded him with the player of the month for August. Despite being in a more defensive wing-back role, Tavares has still managed to score three goals in five games, which highlights his threat going forward.
With Tavares opening up on a potential permanent move away from north London, his consistently excellent performances will help Edu raise the price for him next summer.
Tavares recently opened up about his loan move to Marseille and revealed that he wanted an option to join them permanently at the end of his loan spell with the Ligue 1 outfit, but the Gunners refused, as per the Evening Standard.
Speaking to RMC Sport, Tavares said: "At Arsenal, I do not know if it was a problem of competition with Kieran Tierney, but for me that’s not even the point.
"I came to Marseille to finally be able to play in my position. When signing with OM, I wanted to have an option to buy, but Arsenal refused. With my agents, we always wanted this purchase option, but Arsenal didn't.
"Now I'm at OM, and with or without an option, I'm happy. At Arsenal, I would have probably only played in the [FA Cup and EFL Cup]."
Tavares had large spells where he played in the Premier League in the previous campaign, however, he was always regarded as a back-up to Kieran Tierney as despite the youngster hitting good form during a point in the season, he was unable to progress due to the Scotsman taking his place whenever he was available for selection.
There was a stage during the early part of last season where his performances had been so good that the supporters were calling for him to take Tierney’s spot in Arteta’s starting XI. His energy up and down the left-hand side was a breath of fresh air for Arsenal and his presence had a contagious feel amongst the squad.
However, towards the end of the campaign, the youngsters’ form took a major dip and his defensive frailties started to become exposed. It showed that he has a lot of learning to do before starting at full-back for a team who are competing for a Champions League spot in the Premier League.
But, at Marseille he can showcase his progression in the Champions League and come back a better player with good performances in Ligue 1, similar to William Saliba in the previous campaign.
Both Brighton and Atalanta had been credited with admiration for Tavares in the summer and according to Gazzetta Dello Sport via Sport Witness, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side had entered discussions with Arsenal.
The Gunners were said to have valued Tavares at more than three times what they bought hi, for. A €30million (£25.5million) valuation has been set on the full-back and the club prefer a dry loan if he is to leave only temporarily, which is why he ended up at Marseille.
With Arsenal demanding more than £20million for his services, these demands are likely to be met in the summer if Tavares continues to pick up player of the month awards with Marseille.