Report: Arsenal stunned as £110,000-a-week player now rejects contract offer
Arsenal have been stunned after Hector Bellerin has ruled out the possibility of signing a new contract with the club, according to Tutto Mercato Web.
The Gunners are playing hardball with Inter over a move to the San Siro this summer. Arsenal want £15 million for the right-back, but Inter would rather add him on loan.
That has led to a stalemate of sorts and Bellerin doesn’t seem impressed with the ongoing transfer saga.
Arsenal would be willing to let the player head out on loan, but they’d want a mandatory obligation to make it permanent at the end.
Bellerin has already agreed on personal terms with Inter. He has accepted £3 million a year on a five-year contract, although the clubs are apart on their valuation.
Now, the report claims that Bellerin has no desire to accept a contract extension and has pleaded with Arsenal to let him leave.
The 26-year-old has two years to run on his existing deal and now the Gunners will be under pressure to ensure the very best fee is got for him.
In a year’s time, his valuation will plummet and keeping him against his wishes doesn’t make much sense.
The hope for Arsenal might have been to hand him a new deal. That would at least of protected the player’s valuation for a little while longer.
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Paid £110,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium, Bellerin is among the highest-earning players. With that in mind, Arsenal’s stance doesn’t seem to make much sense.
Even if he was to go on loan, Inter would surely be made to fork out a chunk of his wages and that would help Arsenal with their own recruitment drive.
This latest stance from Bellerin is bad news for Arsenal and they will now be forced to act one way or another.
The bizarre thing is that the Spaniard has hardly set the Emirates alight in recent times and losing him this summer wouldn’t really be a bad thing at all.
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