The 21-year-old is seen as a back-up possibility for Kieran Tierney, who agreed a brand new five-year contract with the membership final week.
Benfica worth Tavares at round €12 million however Arsenal are assured of doing a deal for much less with the participant eager on a transfer to the Premier League.
Negotiations are persevering with for Tavares, who made 24 appearances for Benfica final season together with a five-minute substitute outing in opposition to Arsenal within the second leg of their Europa League round-of-32 tie in February.
Tavares is seen as an attack-minded full-back who could make a optimistic influence within the closing third in an analogous mould to 2 different left-backs that the membership checked out signing in January: Ryan Bertrand and Patrick van Aanholt.
Bertrand is closing in on a transfer to Leicester Metropolis whereas Van Aanholt has been linked with Galatasaray. Each gamers are looking for an opportunity to compete for normal first-team soccer however Tavares is youthful and prepared to attend for his alternative.
Arsenal must strengthen cowl within the left-back place with Sead Kolasinac deemed surplus to necessities having returned from a mortgage at Schalke and midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who has beforehand deputised as a left wing-back, additionally more likely to depart the membership.
In the meantime, Arsenal have rejected a second supply from Aston Villa for Emile Smith Rowe. The bid was believed to £30m — a £5m enhance on their first try — and dismissed out of hand by Arsenal, who stay in talks to increase the 20-year-old’s contract.