Paris Saint-Germain have been in talks with Arsenal over a proposed transfer of Hector Bellerin, and according to The Telegraph, they’re growing increasingly confident that the deal will be done.
Having lost the services of Thomas Meunier, who left Paris to join Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer earlier this summer, the Ligue 1 champions have had a bit of a problem when it comes to natural options on the right defensive flank. Head coach Thomas Tuchel has mostly been utilizing Thilo Kehrer in the role, though the Germany international is a centre-back by default. And with Thiago Silva now gone to Chelsea, Kehrer will likely have to return to his preferred position.
In order to rectify this situation, PSG have opened the talks with Arsenal over Bellerin, and are believed to have put a £25 million offer on the table. The Gunners have completed and confirmed the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille for a reported fee of £27m and are seeking a way to recoup as much as they can before contemplating further additions. Apparently, PSG first intended to go for Barcelona’s Nelson Semedo, but they see Bellerin as a more feasible option, and as an equally good one.
Bellerin has certainly been one of the better performers in the team since his promotion from the youth setup in 2014, even though injuries have taken their toll in his career. Overall, he has made a total of 205 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals and adding 25 assists to his direct goal contribution tally.
If the 25-year-old does leave the club this summer, it would most likely mean Ainsley Maitland-Niles would be going nowhere, despite all the interest from the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton and Hove Albion. He would probably remain and fight for the spot on the right flank with Cedric Soares.