According to a report by Mirror, Real Betis are thinking of signing Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin in the summer transfer window. It is believed that Betis have opted for a loan deal for the Gunner.
Bellerin first joined Arsenal’s Under-18 in 2011 from Barcelona’s youth academy. He impressively found his way into the Under-21 team in 1 year. But was sent for a brief loan spell at Watford in 2014, where he appeared 8 times.
After he returned from his one-year loan, Bellerin quickly became a key member of the first team under Arsene Wenger. Till now, he has appeared 239 times for the Gunners while scoring 9 goals and providing 29 assists in all competitions.
But the Spaniard failed to live up to his expectations this season because injuries and lack of form have hampered his progress under Arteta. He only appeared in 35 matches, while scoring 1 goal and 4 assists in all competitions.
It is believed that Bellerin is unhappy with the poor treatment of Arteta and wants to leave the club this summer. While Arsenal has also listed his name with the other 3 players who the club is willing to sell this summer.
Bellerin has currently two more years remaining on his contract at The Emirates. But is keen on a new challenge this summer with some big clubs interested in him. Arsenal will likely sell the right-back as they look to restructure their team after a poor season.
Real Betis offered a loan deal for Hector Bellerin
Real Betis finished in a very respectable sixth place with 61 points in La Liga in 2020/21 under Manuel Pellegrini. They went to win their last match against Celta Vigo and secured a Europa League spot for next season.
Bellerin is believed to be Pellegrini’s top target as they want to compete strongly for the European Cup. The defender is also seen as a potential replacement for Emerson Royal in the right-back spot. Royal will be leaving the club this summer and join Barcelona for 9 million euros.
Real Betis are said to be tabled an initial loan deal with an option to buy the player. The Spanish side does have concerns over his £110,000-a-week wages, though. But Betis hope a loan deal would allow them to sign Bellerin more cheaply.
However, given the Gunners are looking to strengthen their squad, it seems unlikely they would be willing to loan Bellerin out and would prefer to receive a transfer fee which they can reinvest this summer.
The right-back is a boyhood fan of Betis despite being born and raised in Catalonia because his father was a supporter of the club. And Bellerin’s affection towards the club could make it easy for Betis to land the defender.
It is likely that Bellerin will sign for the Spanish side in the summer. But he could also choose high-paying clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain or AC Milan. So, let us wait and see where the Spaniard would like to land himself next season.