It’s been a busy summer for Arsenal. Having added to their ranks through acquisitions of winger Willian and centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes as well as the arrival of centre-back William Saliba from Saint-Etienne, and secured another loan season-long spell for midfielder Dani Ceballos, there are reportedly still some moves potentially to be made before the window is out.
PSG withdraw interest in Bellerin
It has been reported that Paris Saint-Germain were very keen on signing Hector Bellerin from Arsenal, but apparently that is not the case anymore. Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano says the Gunners have rejected the final offer from the Ligue 1 champions, which according to reports in the French media, came in the shape of a loan move with an option to buy at the end of next season. That was never likely to happen. If Arsenal do part with such a player, it can only be through a permanent deal which would bring in some much-needed funds for further signings.
In all honesty, Bellerin is a player Arteta could probably do without, given that he has Cedric Soares and Ainsley Maitland-Niles at his disposal, and if a suitable offer comes from somewhere, the club would probably give it some serious consideration. But a loan for Bellerin hardly makes sense at the moment. Romano also says that PSG have already turned to AS Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi as an alternative target and reached an agreement of a loan with an option to buy with the Serie A club.
Aouar the priority
Another thing Romano claims is that Arsenal and head coach Mikel Arteta have agreed that from this point on the priority in the transfer market should be given to Olympic Lyon’s Houssem Aouar, which the Independent have also reported on. But Lyon have rejected Matteo Guendouzi as part of the deal and want their asking price of €60 million met in full for a deal to be done. Arsenal haven’t yet made another bid.