Bellerin in advanced talks to leave Arsenal

According to Cadena Ser, Arsenal are in advanced talks with Italian champions Juventus over the sale of Hector Bellerin in a £44m deal.

What’s the story?

Bellerin has been with Arsenal since 2011, and the right-back has made over 150 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions.

The Spain international was linked with a move to Barcelona in last summer’s transfer window, but Arsenal blocked the move due to Bellerin’s excellent form last term.

According to Cadena Ser, however, the London club have now changed their tune, and are indeed prepared to sell the defender to Juventus in a £44m deal this summer.

The report claims that the Italian champions are keen to seal the deal over the next couple of weeks.

The 23-year-old has faced criticism from the Arsenal supporters for some of his performances this season, and a summer exit looks probable.

Will Arsenal regret the sale?

Bellerin has been an excellent servant to Arsenal since joining the club from Barcelona, and he has once regarded as one of the best young full-backs in European football.

It would be fair to say that the Spaniard’s form has been questionable this season, however, and £44m is an awful lot of money for a right-back.

Arsenal’s new manager – whoever that may be – will not have the type of funds available to the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United this summer, and boosting his kitty with the sale of Bellerin makes sense for the Gunners.

Bellerin would leave a big gap in the Arsenal defence, however, with the Spain international making 44 appearances in all competitions during the 2017-18 campaign.

The defender will still hope to make the Spain squad for this summer’s World Cup, and he could be confirmed as a Juventus player before the tournament gets underway.