Mikel Arteta asks Edu to use Hector Bellerin to secure surprise Arsenal swap deal
Mikel Arteta would prefer to complete a swap deal rather than receive a transfer fee for the services of Hector Bellerin, it has been claimed.
The 25-year-old full-back is reportedly ready to leave the club at the end of the season, with Paris Saint-Germain ready to reignite their interest when the transfer window reopens.
Ligue 1 giants PSG were keen on a deal last year but the Gunners successfully fended off the interest but are now unlikely to stand in Bellerin’s way if he pushes for an exit.
A departure would be significant though, as it would see Arsenal lose a homegrown player within their squad, but it appears Arteta views the departure as an opportunity.
It is now suggested that the Arsenal boss is keen on landing a player in exchange for Bellerin and, with PSG the leading suitors, Julian Draxler’s name has emerged once again.
“It is our information that Bellerin and his agent have told the club he wants to leave this summer. Arteta has decided we must make the best of the opportunity,” Duncan Castles told the Transfer Window Podcast.
Mikel Arteta on Partey, Tierney, Bellerin transfer and Benfica
Arsenal will be hoping to see the job through on Thursday night as they take on Benfica in the Europa League round of 32 second leg.
The Gunners drew 1-1 with the Portuguese side in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, with Bukayo Saka netting what could prove to be an important away goal, despite the neutral venue due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
Thursday’s match will take place in Olympiacos’ stadium, for the same reasons, with the Gunners seen to be the home side on this occasion.
Mikel Arteta will have concerns over a number of players and whether they can return from injury and he will be answering questions on those and much more during his pre-match press conference, which you can follow right here. He will be joined by a player on the day too, so stay tuned for updates.
Thomas is very close he’s got a final test in training and if he’s feeling good he will be available to play the match.