Paris Saint-Germain are set to revive interest in Hector Bellerin this summer, according to CBS Sports, and the Spaniard is apparently willing to consider leaving the Emirates, despite being contracted to Arsenal until the summer of 2023.
Arsenal are said to have rejected an offer worth up to $35 million (just under £25m) from the Ligue 1 champions last summer, valuing Bellerin’s services at $50m (£35m) at least. This term, the 25-year-old has played 22 times in the Premier League, scoring once and assisting three times.
Nonetheless, the report claims that Bellerin feels he is about to reach his prime years, and he would rather spend them fighting regularly for silverware than being a part of a long rebuilding job under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal. It seems he accepted to stay put last summer only at an intervention from Arteta himself, but the Gunners are now in the same situation as last season, facing a difficult struggle to book a place in the Europa League next term, never mind the Champions League. And it seems convincing Bellerin to stay put again will be a lot harder, given the interest of several top European clubs. Apart from PSG, Barcelona and Juventus are also believed to be monitoring the situation.
Bellerin is certainly fond of Arsenal, he has proven that much in the six and a half years he’s been in North London, and if he were to leave indeed, the report says it would be on friendly terms. In that case, Arteta would be left with Cedric Soares as the first choice on the right defensive flank next season, unless a new player is brought in. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is also set to return from his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion, but it already seems he wouldn’t be too keen on playing right-back again, at least not on a regular basis. Quite apart from that, both Cedric and Maitland-Niles obviously represent a significant step down from Bellerin, and the 25-year-old’s departure would make Arteta’s job even more difficult than it already is.