Arteta headache as big guns bid for once-irreplaceable Arsenal star

Date published: Wednesday 2nd September 2020 7:22

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal could be forced to sacrifice Hector Bellerin after the Gunners received a £25m offer for the right-back.

Mikel Arteta is overseeing his first summer transfer window in charge at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners boss has already been busy – bringing in Willian with Gabriel Magalhaes following on Tuesday. The club have also already confirmed permanent deals for Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari.

Alongside Lille defender Gabriel, the man at the top of their wanted list is Atletico midfielder Thomas Partey.

The Gunners remain keen to sign Partey, but must sell to finance his €50m exit clause.

Bellerin has been Arsenal’s first choice right-back for a number of years. He was, for a long time, considered a vital cog in their side.

However, the emergence of Ainsley Maitland-Niles has given Bellerin serious competition. It seems one of them will be sold off this summer.

Arsenal have already rejected a bid of around £15m from Wolves for the Maitland-Niles.

However, after his recent impressive displays in their side, Arteta may decide to keep him and sell Bellerin.

Sensing an opportunity, PSG have, according to The Athletic, made an opening £25m approach for the Spaniard.

 

The report claims Arsenal see the former Barcelona youngster as being worth more and have rejected the bid. However, a sale could very much be on the cards were the Ligue 1 giants to increase their offer.

They claim an offer of £30m would be accepted.

PSG are in the market for a new right-back after selling Thomas Meunier to Borussia Dortmund.

Furthermore, they state Bellerin is open to the idea of a new challenge and is keen to make the move.

 

Arteta welcomes Gabriel signing

Arteta, meanwhile, is clearly a happy man after signing his top defensive target in Magalhaes.

Gabriel Magalhaes, Neymar TEAMtalk

The Guners formally announced the signing of the Brazilian from Lille on a long-term deal understood to be until 2025.

The 22-year-old centre-back has signed a long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium for a fee understood to be in the region of £22million.

Arteta said on the club website: “He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team.

“He has proved with Lille that he is a defender with many outstanding attributes. We are looking forward to watching him grow as an Arsenal player.”

On Gabriel’s signing, Arsenal technical director Edu said: “He is a player we have been studying for a while and he was in demand by many clubs. We are proud to have agreed and completed this transfer with Lille and the player.”

 

Read more here, including the shirt number the player will wear…..

 

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