The race is reportedly hotting up for Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin this summer with three European heavyweights interested in nabbing the right-back – and The Gunners need to take advantage of Atletico Madrid’s interest.
Italian outlet FC Inter News have claimed that Atletico Madrid are rivalling Inter Milan and Sevilla for 25-year-old Bellerin, who has managed just 14 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal this season – due to a number of injury concerns.
Bellerin is first choice under Mikel Arteta, but his injury problems have got to be wearing Arsenal’s patience thin. Certainly, if a decent offer comes in for the three-time Spain international, surely Arsenal will cash in.
Losing Bellerin will be a blow, but his departure can become a positive for Arsenal – especially with Diego Simeone’s Atletico interested in signing the ex-Barcelona youth player. Indeed, The Gunners need to use Atletico’s interest to secure a swap deal.
The Telegraph claim Arsenal want to sign powerful midfielder Thomas Partey this summer, with the Ghanaian beast boasting a release clause in his contract – that is worth £45million. The Gunners are unlikely to be the only side keen on Partey.
Arsenal desperately need a midfielder like Partey. A sense of steel is missing in Arsenal’s midfield, while Dani Ceballos is due to return to Real Madrid. Granit Xhaka has had a run-in with the fans, while Matteo Guendouzi has been poor this season.
So, if Arsenal are to part company with Bellerin, surely the Gunners need to use Atleti’s interest in the defender by including him in a deal to sign Partey – and offer Simeone’s side a player-plus-cash deal. That would certainly soften Bellerin’s exit.