Nuno Tavares is said to be hesitant to join Olympique Marseille on loan for the season, while the French club is also considering signing the Arsenal left-back.
According to LEquipe, the 22-year-old Arsenal defender has resisted considering signing for Marseille on loan, with the Ligue 1 club close to signing the Portuguese youngster for the club for the year following discussions with the Gunners.
Tavares has also been linked with Atalanta in Serie A, while Brighton & Hove Albion are also interested in the 7m Arsenal supporter should Marc Cucurealla leave the Seagulls this summer for Manchester City, who want the Spaniard to take Oleksandr Zinchenko's place in north London.
Tavares had an unusual debut season in the Premier League with Arsenal, as the defender at first appeared to be a bargain signing from Benfica in the first half of the season, but the fullbacks' form in the New Year quickly fell apart, with performances against Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace being particularly poor.
Tavares is still a player who has the potential to develop into something special if given the chance to play regular first-team minutes, and signing for Marseille on loan would have been ideal given the French giants' participation in the UEFA Champions League next season.
Marseille now appears to be on the same page as Tavares, and it appears that a loan agreement to sign the Arsenal defender is now falling apart, but this could be the right move for both the club and the player, with the Premier League talent likely to benefit from moving to a smaller club with less time in the spotlight.
Marseille and Tavares would be smart to refuse loan signings.
Tavares is in need of a loan move this summer, and while Marseille might have been a fine move given the quality of the French league and regular Champions League football, signing for a smaller club for the season would be a more appropriate move.
Tavares was badly damaged last season due to the Arsenal's enthusiastic fanbase and the Premier League's press, and a move abroad to a club that isn't in the limelight would benefit the 22-year-old.