Arsenal’s demands for wantaway man proving too much for Italian giants

Date published: Sunday 18th July 2021 4:09 - Dan Burnham

Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka, Arsenal training kit

Arsenal’s valuation of one of their wantaway players is halting transfer negotiations with an Italian club keen to sign him, a report has claimed.

A number of players are looking like potentially leaving the Emirates this summer. Fringe individuals like Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson have seen their contracts run down to just a year remaining. As such, they feature on the Gunners’ transfer list after failing to sign new deals.

First-team players are also set to leave in Mikel Arteta’s major reshuffle. Midfielder Granit Xhaka is nearing an exit to Jose Mourinho’s Roma.

And another player that is on the chopping block is right-back Hector Bellerin.

Bellerin is the club’s longest serving player, having joined the north London side a decade ago. He spent two seasons in their youth set-up before progressing to the first team.

In Bellerin, the Arsenal hierarchy thought they had the right side of the defence secured for many years to come.

However, in recent seasons the 26-year-old has struggled to hold down the position, mainly due to various injury issues.

Towards the back end of last season, Cedric was preferred to him. Rumours of his departure then started to gain traction.

Upon discovering he was available, Inter Milan expressed their interest. The Spaniard fits their need of a cheap right-back replacement for Achraf Hakimi.

Or so they thought. According to Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Arsenal hold a ‘high valuation’ that is making a move difficult to materialise.

Inter are trying to secure a loan with an option to buy deal. As is stands, the Gunners do not want to compromise on their out of reach demands.

Reports earlier this week claimed Bellerin has asked to leave. As the window progress, the Italian outlet suggest his club may change their position and grant him his wish.

Bellerin’s fellow full-back strikes on debut

Meanwhile, Arteta hailed the “great” goalscoring debut of Nuno Tavares on a day when Arsenal were surprisingly held by Rangers.

The 21-year-old Portuguese left-back, signed from Benfica last weekend, levelled in the 23rd minute. His drive from close range came after Gers defender Leon Balogun had opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a header from a James Tavernier corner.

Former Gers midfielder Arteta was given a good reception by the 2,000 home fans allowed inside the stadium.

And after full-time he was was full of praise for Tavares…

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