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Manchester City are interested in signing Arsenal star Nuno Taveres following his impressive start to life in the Premier League, reports say. The left-back has sparkled at the Emirates Stadium so far, helping the Gunners overcome a rocky start to the campaign under Mikel Arteta. Yet, now, the north London giants could be about to lose another prized asset to the reigning Premier League champions.
Arsenal signed Tavares from Benfica back in the summer.
And the 21-year-old has been a regular so far this season, making 11 appearances in the Premier League and three in the Carabao Cup.
Tavares has been so impressive he’s even kept Kieran Tierney out of the side, despite the former Celtic star being a big fan-favourite.
With the Portuguese defender firing on all fronts, ESPN now say Manchester City are targeting a transfer ahead of the January window.
City are unlikely to make a move next month, knowing a deal would be difficult to broker.
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But it’s stated Tavares ‘remains a player of interest’ as Guardiola seeks defensive reinforcements.
With Benjamin Mendy suspended, City have been left with just one recognised senior left-back at the club in Oleksandr Zinchenko.
They have used Joao Cancelo there but there’s a feeling that the Portugal international is better-suited to the other flank instead.
Regarding possible outings from City, Guardiola is said to have been assured by director of football Txiki Begiristain that the squad won’t be weakened next month.
Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres are both on Barcelona’s wishlist, while Nathan Ake has been linked with Newcastle.
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But City, it seems, won’t offload the trio as they look to retain their Premier League title and win the Champions League.
Regarding Tavares, Arsenal can now be forgiven for fearing the worst.
They’ve lost several big players to their Premier League rivals in recent years, ever since City’s lucrative takeover in 2008.
Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor both moved to the Etihad in 2009, though neither were able to replicate their fine Arsenal form up north.
Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri then joined two years later, with the pair helping the club win the Premier League title the following year.
And Bacary Sagna moved to City on a free transfer in 2014 having grown frustrated at Arsenal’s failure to win the biggest prizes.
Gabriel Agbonlahor, meanwhile, thinks Tavares is giving Arteta a ‘headache’ due to his sensational form.
“Arteta’s got a headache,” he told Football Insider.
“I like Tierney but I like Tavares as well. Tavares probably offers more going forward for me, he’s quicker, he’s seriously quick.
“But Tierney is a very good left-back as well. I don’t think you can go wrong with either of them.
“It’s a good headache to have for the manager.”
City would, ideally, like to sign a new striker in January as well.
But Harry Kane looks set to stay at Tottenham, while Erling Haaland is primed to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the campaign instead.
City are still looking for a replacement for Sergio Aguero, who was allowed to leave for Barcelona on a free transfer back in the summer.
Aguero’s future in the game is uncertain, though, with the Argentina international recently diagnosed with a heart condition.
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