Report: Betis want Hector Bellerin on loan from Arsenal
Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin is on Real Betis’s radar this summer, but ABC de Sevilla reports that they hope to sign the Spaniard on an initial loan.
Bellerin has spent a decade at the Emirates, joining from Barcelona in 2011. He has made almost 240 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions.
But it appears that he is not planning to add to that tally.
ABC de Sevilla reports that Bellerin is looking to leave Arsenal during the upcoming window as he approaches the final two years of his contract in North London.
And Betis are keen to bring him in this summer.
However, ABC de Sevilla reports that his wages are set to be a problem for Manuel Pellegrini’s side as they look to agree a move.
The report claims Betis would like to take Bellerin on an initial loan with an option to buy.
Arsenal must only accept Bellerin loan that paves way towards permanent transfer
Admittedly, Bellerin has come in for a fair amount of criticism from supporters this season.
Nevertheless, Arsenal must not accept a loan move with an option to buy.
Bellerin – who earns £110,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – is heading into the final two years of his contract with Arsenal.
The last thing the Gunners need is to miss out on a transfer fee this summer and then find that Bellerin is set to return next year with only 12 months left on his deal.
Perhaps, a loan may not be a terrible option. Moving his wages off the books should still help Arteta out this summer.
However, any loan surely has to come with a commitment that a club is going to make his move permanent further down the line.