According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal want to sell Hector Bellerin for £50m to help fund their summer rebuild. The Spanish defender wanted to leave last summer when Barcelona led Manchester City and Juventus in the race for his signature, and now it appears he’ll be granted his wish.
Arsenal’s Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat has identified three areas the club need to strengthen – a goalkeeper, centre-back, holding central midfielder and long-term replacement for left-back Nacho Monreal. Bellerin’s sale would aid them financially as the club are still operating on a sell-to-buy policy.
£50m could be used to bring in two players over the summer and cutting the right-back’s £100k-per-wages off the bill would save Arsenal over £6m given his current deal expires in 2023. The one negative to selling Bellerin would be that Arsenal would need to replace him and sign adequate cover.
Mathieu Debuchy was sold to AS Saint-Etienne while Carl Jenkinson is likely to be released in the summer, leaving centre-back Calum Chambers to play in the makeshift role. Bellerin could be one of many players moved on to boost the transfer kitty this summer, but his sale could go down badly among supporters.
The era of Arsenal selling their talented players to bigger clubs was supposed to be over, but it appears they’re regressing if they’ll allow Bellerin to leave.