By Dan Carter

20th Aug, 2023 | 5:43pm

Aston Villa consider move for Nuno Tavares after Forest deal collapses - Fabrizio Romano

Aston Villa are considering a move for Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares this summer after a move to Nottingham Forest collapsed, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The transfer specialist reported on his personal Twitter account (20 August) that Unai Emery’s side were considering a move for the 23-year-old left-back as they look to strengthen their options at fullback with Sevilla’s Marcos Acuna also linked with a move to Villa Park.

Tavares had looked likely to join Steve Cooper’s ranks at the City Ground this summer, with both clubs discussing a potential switch, but any chance of the move coming to fruition seems to have disappeared as quickly as it arrived.

Discussing the state of a possible deal, Romano tweeted: “After deal collapsed with Forest, Aston Villa are exploring conditions of deal to sign Nuno Tavares from Arsenal.

“Personal terms not discussed yet — as up to the clubs now. Nuno, alternative option to Marcos Acuna deal with Sevilla for Villa.”

A different option

Tavares has had a mixed time at Arsenal so far, only making 22 appearances and spent last season on loan with Marseille where he seemed to have a much better time in Ligue 1 when compared to the Premier League.

The Portuguese defender managed to find the net six times from both left-back and left-midfield which seems to have reminded clubs in the Premier League of just how much potential he does have to be an effective option.

Villa are looking to strengthen in defence, especially with the prospect of a Europa Conference League campaign ahead of them this season and are looking to add some depth all over the pitch, with rumours circulating over Lucas Digne’s future.

The Frenchman has impressed when called upon at Villa Park and looked bright in the match against Everton, so if he is to remain in the Midlands Emery may decide to spend his resources elsewhere on the pitch, especially with Alex Moreno set to return from injury.

In other Aston Villa news, one player could be set to depart Villa Park this summer and it would be a huge waste