Real Madrid’s plans in regards to signing a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema could have an effect on Arsenal.
Finding a successor to the Frenchman won’t be easy, but two names who have been heavily linked with moves to the Santiago Bernabeu are Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
However, due to the financial impacts of COVID-19 and financial fair play rules money is very tight for Los Blancos who would have to stump a fee of well over £100m to secure a deal for at least one this summer.
And this is where Arsenal could play a huge role in helping the La Liga giants complete one of their transfer missions.
Currently on loan at the Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid are Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos.
And it just so happens that recent reports have suggested that Gunners manager Mikel Arteta would like to keep both of them in his squad for next season, with technical director Edu currently working on deals to make their moves permanent in the summer.
Arteta has made no secret of his admiration for Ceballos and suggested last week that plans are in place to discuss Odegaard’s long-term future will take place at the end of the season.
“He is a young leader,” Arteta said as quoted by Sky Sports. “He has been here a very short time but he has adapted very quickly. He is getting more and more respect from the players and the staff and his weight on the team will increase with every week.
“We have Martin for a few months from Real Madrid and first of all we have to maximise this time with him to try to bring to the team all the qualities he has.
Hector Bellerin replacement is already at Arsenal
Hector Bellerin’s potential Arsenal exit this summer poses more questions than one.
As revealed by football.london last summer, the Spaniard was at crossroads in regards to his future at the Emirates Stadium, questioning whether or not he wanted to be part of Mikel Arteta’s long-term plans in north London.
However, Bellerin elected to stay with Arsenal and has remained the undisputed right-back option, racking up 27 appearances across all competitions this season amid a battle with Cedric Soares.
But, according to a report by CBS Sports, the 25-year-old may not be at the club next season as it’s claimed the Spaniard is keen to test himself outside of the Premier League.
Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and at least two Serie A clubs are said to be monitoring Bellerin’s situation with a view to making a potential bid in the summer transfer window.
Should Bellerin leave, two major questions that many Arsenal fans will want to be answered are likely to be; 1. How much will he be sold for? and 2. Who will replace him?
The answer to question No.2 has already been revealed as the aforementioned report has identified Norwich City’s highly-rated Max Aarons and Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey as two potential replacements.
Another question that will be posed if Bellerin leaves this summer is who will become the next Arsenal vice-captain?
It’s a role that the right-back has been in since last season as he’s the understudy to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who having signed a new contract last summer, is likely to continue leading the team out for the next three years at least.
Interestingly, Arteta has already hinted at the perfect replacement for Bellerin in terms of the vice-captaincy role.
Speaking after his side’s 4-0 win over West Brom last month, the Gunners boss touted Kieran Tierney as a future Arsenal captain.
“I think he can be Arsenal captain as he has the respect and admiration of every member of the staff and every player,” Arteta said, as per Goal. “It is just the way he is.