Manchester City already plotting move for Arsenal summer signing

Manchester City are keeping tabs on Arsenal summer signing Nuno Tavares following his impressive start to the season.

The Gunners spent the last January transfer window scouting for a back-up option to Kieran Tierney, having allowed Sead Kolasinac to join Schalke on loan.

Arsenal were interested in Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa, but the 29-year-old opted to remain with the Ligue 1 club, while the Gunners turned their attentions to Tavares in the summer.

The 21-year-old cost a modest £8million from Benfica, but after some initial teething problems he as impressed with a series of eye-catching displays while standing in for the injured Tierney.

Tavares surprisingly kept his place upon the Scotland international’s return to fitness, but Tierney forced his way back into the first XI at Everton on Monday after his understudy struggled in the recent 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford.

According to ESPN, City have watched Tavares on several occasions and he has been marked out as a player of interest, although the Premier League champions are likely to wait until the summer to make any formal offer.

Joao Cancelo has stood in at left-back admirably this season in place of Oleksandr Zinchenko, while Benjamin Mendy has been suspended by his club.

Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, has been assured by his City bosses that his treble-chasing squad won’t be weakened in January amid speculation that several first team stars could leave.

Barcelona have been heavily linked with moves for Ferran Torres and Raheem Sterling, while Nathan Ake is a reported target of Newcastle’s.

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