• Left-back arrives from Benfica as understudy to Tierney
  • Lokonga deal in place for initial €17.5m from Anderlecht

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of the left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica. The 21-year-old is the club’s first arrival of the summer in a deal worth €8m (£6.8m) plus add-ons.

Tavares’s purchase is due to be followed by that of the midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht. Arsenal have agreed to pay €17.5m plus add-ons that could take the fee for the Belgian to about €21m.

Related: Men’s transfer window summer 2021 – all deals from Europe’s top five leagues

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