Arsenal are reportedly fuming at Manchester City’s attempt to unsettle Hector Bellerin and bring the Spain full-back to the Etihad in a potential £43million deal.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Gunners – who are hoping to tie the former Barcelona academy star to a new deal – feel City’s reported interest has turned the player’s head and left his future in jeopardy.
The papers claims the Gunners were so annoyed they contacted City’s chief negotiator Txiki Begiristain to issue an angry hands-off warning to the Blues and their director of football.
Arsenal feel City’s pursuit of Bellerin has thrown a spanner into their negotiations with the right-back over a new long-term deal.
Arsenal promised the Spaniard improved terms in April as a reward for his outstanding campaign last season.
However the contract talks over the terms of a five-year deal have failed to make much progress and Arsenal feel City’s interest has complicated the negotiations.
City boss Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of Bellerin and his fellow Catalan was at Barcelona’s famed academy when he was in charge at the Nou Camp before he left to join Arsenal in 2011.
The player admitted earlier this summer that he was flattered by Barcelona’s reported interest in him.
But Guardiola is keen to strengthen his options at right-back because Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta – the latter of whom looks set to leave the club – are both over 30.