Star closing on Arsenal exit after agent twists Edu’s arm over deal

Date published: Thursday 29th July 2021 5:31 - Neil Foster

Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin Chelsea v Arsenal January 2020

Reports in Italy claim defender Hector Bellerin may be close to leaving Arsenal after his agent jetted into London to thrash out the details of a move away.

The 26-year-old’s future has been the subject of many column inches since the end of the season. Italian champions Inter have made no secret of the desire to land the Spain right-back in the off-season. It appeared as though the Gunners were refusing to play ball as the Serie A giants wanted a loan deal.

The north Londoners need a permanent transfer to fund their own recruitment this summer. But there were rumours last week that the north Londoners were open to negotiations.

It seems as though those have now taken place. Calciomercato are reporting that the full-back’s representatives held talks with Arsenal’s technical director Edu on Thursday.

And the main thrust of the dialogue surrounded the type of deal that will suit all parties concerned. Bellerin’s agents have reportedly asked for the Emirates outfit to sanction a loan deal with an obligation to buy.

There has been no response from Arsenal but in early July it was rumoured that would be acceptable. Having come through the Barcelona youth ranks, Bellerin completed his youth career with Arsenal.

And the Barcelona-born ace has gone on to make 239 appearances in all competitions. He started 24 top-flight games in 2020-2021 despite an injury-ravaged campaign.

Manager Mikel Arteta chose to rest him at times even when fit. That seemed to hint that the Spanish tactician did not always trust the club stalwart.

No shortage of Bellerin suitors

Inter are hoping to lure Bellerin to the San Siro after losing Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain. But other clubs have also shown an interest in the former Watford loan man.

Both Atletico Madrid and Villareal have been mentioned in connection with the player. However his heart seems set on Inter.

Arteta does have alternatives lined up should the talented defender exit the club. Norwich City’s Max Aarons and RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams appear to be on the Premier League outfit’s radar.

Aarons is also said to be wanted by Atletico while the Canaries are keen to keep hold of the 21-year-old. He has one full season of Premier League football under his belt, suffering relegation with the East Anglians in 2019-2020.

The Londoner is now back in the top flight with Daniel Farke’s side. But Bellerin’s possible Arsenal exit means he may also be on his way.

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