According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Villarreal boss Unai Emery is now keen to sign Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin this summer.
The Spanish full-back has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates. Mikel Arteta viewed him as his first-choice right-back at the start of last season, but as the term came to a close, Bellerin found himself behind Calum Chambers and even Cedric Soares at one point.
The 26-year-old is almost guaranteed to leave Arsenal this summer, and it looks like he could reunite with his former boss at Villarreal.
Unai Emery and Sevilla keen to sign Hector Bellerin
The report claims that there is significant interest from Emery in Bellerin ahead of the summer window. Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui is also keen and is ready to make a move, which is good news for Arsenal as we can then drive his price up.
Emery has never kept the fact that he likes Bellerin a secret. He labelled the defender as ‘exceptional‘ before Arsenal faced Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final, and he heavily praised him on more than one occasion when he was at the helm at the Emirates.
The former Gunners boss said in 2019: “I think Hector’s attitude is a very big attitude to help us. When he was injured he was still a big mentality in the dressing room helping us. The most important things about Hector are his attitude and experience. He’s wishing to help us.” (Arsenal.com)
The Insider’s View:
Arsenal really don’t care where Bellerin decides to go as long as we get our asking price. CBS Sports revealed yesterday that Edu is willing to sell him for £20 million this summer – a fee that is a bit too much for Real Betis.
However, that is very affordable for Champions League clubs like Sevilla and Villarreal.
Emery’s relationship with Bellerin could well convince the Arsenal vice-captain to join the Yellow Submarine. It will really be a shame to see him go, but it’s the best time for all parties to move on, and a return to Spain could bring the best out of him.