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Opinion: Swapping Bellerin for Trippier would be bad transfer business from Arsenal

Hector Bellerin has been linked with a move back to Spain with Real Betis and Atletico Madrid interested in a transfer.

The full-back’s boyhood club contacted the Gunners first, however, Diego Simeone’s side have joined the race.

According to Marca, ‘key figure‘ Bellerin is in the thoughts of the Los Colchoneros. The club want competition for Kieran Trippier, however, aren’t ruling out a sale of the Englishman.

The Spanish publication is even claiming the club might propose a transfer swap deal. Selling Trippier to Manchester United is also an option with the Red Devils interested in the ace.

A proposed transfer swap between the two players would prove a disastrous deal for the Gunners.

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Whilst Tripper won the title with Atletico last year, his qualities don’t match the Londoners.

Simeone has set Atletico up to be a strong defensive side since his arrival in 2011. Whilst they attack on occasions, they have a tendency to sit back and defend for the most part.

It suits the defender down to the ground as he can focus more on the defensive side of the game.

However, Mikel Arteta plays a high line and expects his players to be on the front foot.

The former Burnley man has a pass accuracy of just 79.4%, almost 4% lower than Bellerin. The Arsenal man is pretty poor in possession himself, showing off how shocking that stat is.

Meanwhile, at 30-years-old, Trippier isn’t getting any younger. There’s not much of a long-term future for the fullback as there is for the former Barcelona man.

Bellerin is just 26-years-old and with his best years ahead of him, can provide years more service.

The Gunners’ business has been fairly solid over the last few windows. However, a transfer for Trippier in exchange for Bellerin would be a disastrous move for Arsenal.

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