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Hector Bellerin ready to ‘step up’ from Arsenal as defender is linked to UCL club

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Hector Bellerin ready to ‘step up’ from Arsenal as defender is linked to UCL club

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is reportedly keen on a move to Ligue 1 side PSG, with the Spanish international expected to leave the club in the summer transfer window.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, the 26-year-old right-back is ready for a ‘step up’ in his career and that PSG are the frontrunners for the fullback’s signature, with the report stating that Bellerin could leave Arsenal for €25m (£21.5m).

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Bellerin has in recent weeks lost his first-team spot in the Arsenal XI, with Calum Chambers emerging as Mikel Arteta’ favoured player for the right-back position as the former Southampton defender started for the Gunners against West Ham, Liverpool and Slavia Prague.

With Cedric Soares also impressing for Arsenal at both left and right-back this season, a transfer away from the Emirates Stadium is looking increasingly likely for Bellerin this summer, who only has two years remaining on his current deal with the Gunners.

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PSG was linked with Bellerin last summer, with The Athletic reporting that last season’s UEFA Champions League finalists were in talks with the defender. However, a deal failed to materialise.

 

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The prospect of Bellerin leaving Arsenal will be a hard one for most supporters to think of. After all, the defender has remained a huge fan favourite with the north London side for both his performances on the pitch and his development as a role model as a socially conscious football off it.

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But, with Le Parisian reporting this week that Mauricio Pochettino is interested in signing a right-back this summer, a move to PSG makes complete sense for Bellerin considering that he has, for now, lost his first-team spot for the club as well as the Gunners likely to need a few players to move on to increase funds.

Bellerin will always have a special place in the hearts of Arsenal supporters, but with the squad needing strengthening, the Spaniard might have to make way for the betterment of the club for next season.

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