Arsenal have reached an agreement with Real Betis over a loan move for Hector Bellerin, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.
The 26-year-old right-back has been keen to leave the club for a while now. He was first linked with Paris Saint-Germain, then Inter Milan as PSG signed Achraf Hakimi, but it seems he’ll be spending the rest of the 2021-22 in his homeland instead. The deal between the two clubs does not include an option for the La Liga side to make the switch permanent.
At the moment, the parties are working on personal terms between Betis and Bellerin. The player will apparently be taking a pay cut to secure the move which should see him play more regularly than at Arsenal, as he eyes a place in the Spain squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The medical ahead of the move is scheduled to take place this afternoon (Tuesday).
Meanwhile, Ornstein also reports that the Gunners are working on a deal to sign Tahekiro Tomiyasu from Bologna, but that move will largely depend on potential outgoings.
The 22-year-old is a right-sided defender, capable of playing both as a centre-back and a fullback, with manager Mikel Arteta still keen on adding another such player. Like Ben White, Tomiyasu has a reputation of being very good when it comes to playing out from the back. If the boss goes with a back line of three, Tomiyasu would be expected to play on its right side, but if it’s a line of four, the plan is for him to compete for the place on the flank.
If the deal for the Japan international goes ahead, Arsenal are expected to pay around £16 million for his services as an initial fee, with add-ons to take the amount higher. Tottenham Hotspur showed interest in Tomiyasu earlier this summer, but their decision to switch their attention to Barcelona’s Emerson Royal left the door open for Arsenal to swoop in.