Defender Linked With £50m Exit
Arsenal are prepared to sell full-back Hector Bellerin to help fund their squad rebuilding programme according to reports today.
Bellerin was linked last summer with Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus with Arsene Wenger refusing to consider the sale of a player who signed a contract extension to 2023 in November 2016.
City made a move instead for Kyle Walker while Barcelona baulked at the Gunners’ valuation of around £45million. The Catalan side also have a policy of not repurchasing former players and that looks set to be the case with Bellerin.
It just leaves Juventus as the likeliest club to make a fresh bid to sign the Spaniard this summer. Bellerin is thought to be open to the idea of a transfer away from Arsenal. His form has suffered as the side have failed to make a serious challenge for the Premier League title and he fell out with fan site Arsenal Fan TV which hasn’t done him any favours with the club’s supporters.
But the Daily Mail claims that Arsenal’s new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is targeting three new signings and the sale of Bellerin for £50million would help to fund that process. Mislintat wants a new goalkeeper, a holding central midfielder and a centre-back. There is also the need for a long-term replacement for left-back Nacho Monreal.
Vieira Rules Out Arsenal Return – Just Yet
Former Arsenal player Patrick Vieira says he isn’t interested in taking over from Arsene Wenger in the summer.
Vieira has been linked with the post should Wenger step down or be sacked in the summer. However, the boss of MLS side New York City says he is not a candidate this time around although he wouldn’t rule out taking over at the Emirates at some stage in the future.
“Let’s say that someday it might interest me one day,” Vieira told L’Equipe in France.
“I cannot say anything more because there is nothing to say about it and I do not want to offend Arsene, whom I love and for whom I have a lot of respect.
“Because I know that he suffers a lot with the current results, even more than hearing what his former players say.”
NYC finished in second place in the MLS Eastern Conference last season and had the second-best record overall in the league behind eventual winners Toronto FC who eliminated them from the end-of-season play-offs.