Hector Bellerin has a ‘huge chance to leave’ as Arsenal line up Achraf Hakimi as replacement April 7, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
Hector Bellerin’s time at Arsenal could be coming to an end as the right-back reportedly has ‘many chances’ to leave the club this summer.
It’s also understood that the Gunners are hoping to sign versatile Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi as his replacement.
Spanish publication AS reports that Mikel Arteta would welcome the prospect of bringing the Madrid-born Moroccan, who’s contributed six goals and six assists as a wing-back for Serie A leaders Inter this term.
Before Inter, Hakimi spent two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid, contributing nine goals and ten assists in 45 matches.
AS’s report adds that Inter would want £43million for the 22-year-old but their difficult financial situation means they’d be open to selling him.
However, that transfer may not happen unless Arsenal can ship Bellerin, who’s been an unused substitute in four of the Gunners’ past five Premier League matches.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano believes that there are’ huge chances’ for Bellerin to leave Arsenal in the summer.
Romano adds: “Leonardo wanted him at PSG one year ago but there was no agreement between the two clubs. Now it’d be an open race – #AFC won’t make any discount.”
It’s unclear how much Arsenal would demand for Bellerin, however, the Daily Express reports their desired fee was £35m when PSG showed interest last summer.
It also appears to be an open race to sign Martin Odegaard – the Real Madrid star has enjoyed a productive loan spell in north London this term.
Odegaard was seen having a conversation with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp following Arsenal’s Premier League defeat to Liverpool last weekend.
He’s previously spoken of his admiration for Liverpool, saying it was his ‘dream club’ before joining Real Madrid in 2015.