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Hector Bellerin transfer news: UCL team begins talks with Arsenal over full-back after Real Betis loan

Hector Bellerin, Real Betis v Zenit St Petersburg February 2022

Atletico Madrid have reportedly taken the next step as they look to sign Hector Bellerin from Arsenal during the summer transfer window.

Bellerin spent last season on loan at boyhood club Real Betis. He played 32 times in all competitions as they won the Copa del Rey and finished fifth in La Liga.

The right-back appears to have no future at the Emirates as Mikel Arteta can play Takehiro Tomiyasu or Cedric Soares in his position. Plus, Tomiyasu put in some great performances for Arsenal before picking up a calf injury in February.

A transfer for Bellerin seems to be in the player’s best interests, as well as those of Arsenal’s.

Bellerin thoroughly enjoyed his debut season in the Spanish top flight, as well as playing for the club he supported growing up.

There have been rumours of a permanent move to Betis, due to the Spaniard’s successful time there. But Atletico recently became a rival for his signature.

According to Goal in Spain, Atletico officials were in contact with Bellerin’s representatives last week. The Arsenal defender is on their list of potential right-back signings, as Kieran Trippier still needs to be properly replaced after his January switch to Newcastle.

Atletico are also looking at several other players for the position, including Tottenham’s Emerson Royal.

Hector Bellerin talks start

Spanish outlet Eldesmarque claim Diego Simeone’s side have now begun talks with Arsenal over a potential deal for Bellerin. This suggests Atletico are pursuing him as a priority, ahead of Emerson or any other options.

Atleti chiefs were impressed by Bellerin’s performances for Betis last season. Due to this, they want to take him to the Wanda Metropolitano.

And it wouldn’t be a loan move. The report claims Atleti are hoping to secure a permanent deal, which would end Bellerin’s 11-year spell with the Gunners.

This summer seems like the perfect time to move Bellerin on. His contract runs out next year, so Arsenal can still pick up a decent sum from Atleti for him.

And with Tomiyasu and Cedric available to Arteta, there is no real risk of a sale affecting Arsenal’s chances of competing next term.

The move would also be great for Bellerin’s career. It would give him the chance to compete in the Champions League again. Atleti will play in Europe’s premier club competition next season after finishing third in La Liga during 2021-22.

Meanwhile, Fulham have a new rival as they aim to sign Bernd Leno from Arsenal.