According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal could be willing to sell highly-rated full-back Hector Bellerin for a fee of £50million.
The Spanish international is highly regarded throughout Europe and was previously linked with a move to Manchester City and return to Barcelona, where he came through the world famous La Masia academy.
Struggled to find his best form
Arguably, Bellerin has struggled to find his best form in recent seasons. He has even spent time out of the team both this season and at the end of the last campaign.
His displays have not matched the exuberant ones of the first few years of his Arsenal career when he burst onto the scene. Some even rather prematurely claimed he was the best right-back in the world.
At 22-years old, he is still developing as a player, so is bound to have slight peaks and troughs in his development.
Who could be interested in Bellerin?
If Bellerin did become available, then Europe’s top teams are likely to be forming a queue for the right-back. Italian giants Juventus are reportedly ready to make a summer move for the Spaniard.
Barcelona signed Nelson Semedo to fill the right-back role and the youngster has enjoyed a decent campaign, rotating with Sergi Roberto. The Catalan giants may feel their priorities lay elsewhere, with Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann reportedly being the Blaugrana’s main transfer target this summer.
Manchester City signed England right-back Kyle Walker last summer for a similar amount of money last summer. The former Tottenham star has been in good form this season. Signing another quality right-back in Bellerin would seem like overkill, even for a boss like Pep Guardiola who is accustomed to spending big on players.
Should Arsenal sell Bellerin?
According to the Mail report, Arsenal would consider selling Bellerin to raise money to buy players in other positions. However, in these crazy days of high transfer fees, £50-million would not get you much.
The Gunners could certainly not sign a player with the same talent or potential as Bellerin to fill his spot. Arsenal should be concentrating on strengthening their squad, not weakening it in the summer.
Too many times in the last decade Arsenal have sold their most talented players, often at knockdown prices because of poor contract management from the clubs hierarchy.
Bellerin has not been outstanding in recent times. However, everybody can see he has talent and scope to improve. It would be a shame to see the full-back leave and develop into a top-class player elsewhere.
Should Arsenal consider selling Hector Bellerin?