Bellerin In Fresh Transfer Rumours
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin could be a target for Manchester City as well as Barcelona. Football Gossip reported on Monday that Barcelona have revived their interest in the 21-year-old right-back after deciding that Aleix Vidal isn’t the right man to replace the recently-departed Dani Alves.
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Barcelona were interested in Bellerin during the summer. However, they were knocked back by Arsenal’s insistence that the Spain international would only leave for a fee of £30million.
Vidal has been unimpressive in the few chances he has been given in the Barcelona first team since his move from Sevilla in the summer of 2015. Dani Alves’s departure for Juventus at the end of last season has only exacerbated Barca’s problems on the right side of their defence and Bellerin is now seen as their number one target.
City also made an enquiry this summer and both clubs could step up their interest in January although an end-of-season bid is seen as being more likely.
Arsenal look set to open talks with Bellerin over a new contract. He still has three more years left on the deal. But Arsenal regard his renewal as being almost as important as new deals for Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal Interested In Phil Jones
Arsenal are being linked with Manchester United central defender Phil Jones. Reports today suggest that Jones is a candidate for the axe in January after just seven starts in all competitions last season and an ankle injury keeping him out of contention so far this campaign.
Arsenal were linked with the 24-year-old late last month. It was reported at the time that Jones would prefer to remain at Old Trafford and fight for his first-team place, but Jose Mourinho wants to get his £110,000-a-week wages off United’s books and reinvest the £10million transfer fee back into the squad.
But Jones’s wages could be a problem for Arsene Wenger. This is a player whose fitness is being called into question and who earns more than most in the Arsenal squad. Wenger might also baulk at United’s asking price.
Liverpool are also being linked.