It seems Hector Bellerin is set to remain at Arsenal beyond this summer following heavy speculation about his future.
The Spaniard was initially targeted by Paris Saint-Germain, who were looking for a right-back capable of causing the opposition a lot of problems out wide, but the Ligue 1 giants eventually turned their attention to Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi to provide that kind of contribution, and they soon completed the deal for the former Real Madrid man.
Inter then started contemplating Bellerin as a replacement for Hakimi and talks between the two clubs have been held, but it seems the Serie A champions followed the example of PSG and looked elsewhere. Fabrizio Romano reports that the Nerazzurri have held talks and reached an agreement with PSV Eindhoven over the transfer of Dutch international Denzel Dumfries, which obviously means it’s ‘as you were’ for Bellerin right now.
Arsenal technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta were probably counting on the sale of Bellerin providing the club with an amount to add to the funds for incoming deals, but Bellerin staying put certainly isn’t a bad thing either. At the age of 26, he is very experienced and will surely be able to make a significant contribution to Arsenal’s season, providing he avoids serious injury.
Meanwhile, Romano also says that Arsenal are no longer in the race to sign Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo. The Italy midfielder always preferred Juventus as his destination and his move to the Emirates never looked too likely, despite Sassuolo chairman Giovanni Carnevali hinting at the talks being in an advanced stage at one point. With Granit Xhaka set to stay put and sign a new contract, the club can turn their attention once more to the search for an attacking midfielder.
The situation in that aspect remains unchanged; Arsenal are still waiting to see if Real Madrid allow Martin Odegaard to leave, poised to make their move straight away, with Leicester City’s James Maddison considered an alternative option.