According to a report from CalcioMercato.it, Hector Bellerin has held talks with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta recently regarding his future beyond the end of this season.
The 26-year-old full-back has dropped down the pecking order at the Emirates. He has played just twice since the start of last month – both appearances coming in the Europa League.
It is widely expected that Bellerin will leave Arsenal this summer. He was very close to leaving last year, but Arteta convinced him to stay for another season. That will not be the case this time around.
The report claims that Bellerin has been given the green light to leave the club in the last few days. Arsenal are only expecting a fee in the region of £17 million to £21 million, which should interest a number of top clubs.
If the report is to be believed, four European giants are interested in the Spaniard’s services, and all four of them will be in the Champions League next season which is a big boost for Bellerin himself.
It is claimed that Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are all keeping tabs on the Arsenal man, and it won’t be a surprise to see any one of those clubs make an offer for him this summer.
The Insider’s View:
It isn’t a surprise to anyone to hear that Arsenal have given Bellerin the green light to move on this summer. However, the fee we are reportedly looking for won’t excite supporters.
Just around £20 million for a player like Bellerin would be a bargain for any club. Yes, the Spaniard hasn’t quite had the best of campaigns, but he is still only 26 and he has all the qualities to be among the best in his position in one of the foreign leagues.
Arsenal should be aiming for a fee close to £30 million. It will not be easy to get that much money in the current financial climate, but letting him leave for under £20 million would really be an underwhelming bit of business by Edu and co.