Arsenal are looking into the option of signing a highly rated right-back from La Liga to replace Hector Bellerin next season.
The 2020/21 season has not gone to plan for Arsenal or Mikel Arteta. The Gunners are currently placed ninth in the Premier League and are in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League where they face Unai Emery’s Villarreal. Despite the issues faced this season, Arteta will continue as the first team manager next season as well.
The former Manchester City assistant manger is eager on carrying out a short squad revamp over the summer. A few players have already fallen down the pecking order and could be on their way out at the end of the season.
One of them is Hector Bellerin. The La Masia graduate has not had it easy this season under Mikel Arteta and has had to compete with the likes of Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares for a place in the starting eleven.
In fact, Bellerin was on the radar of Paris Saint-Germain last summer, however, the Ligue 1 side opted to sign Alessandro Florenzi instead from AS Roma. However, Estadio Deportivo reports that PSG are once again keen on signing the 26-year-old Spanish right-back this summer.
A sum between 25-30 million euros is what Arsenal are looking at for Hector Bellerin. The Gunners plan on replacing the right-back with Emerson Royal of Real Betis. The 22-year-old Brazilian right-back has been valued at the same price and is currently rated as one of the best full-backs in La Liga.
His physicality, defensive prowess, strength and raw pace has seen him develop into an impenetrable defender. Apart from being defensively sound, Royal is equally effective in the final third as well. The right-back has one goal and four assists to his name this season in the Spanish top-flight league.
However, Barcelona must pay Real Betis nine million euros before the transfer of Emerson Royal can be sanctioned. The Brazilian defender was signed on a joint operation carried out by Barca and Betis in the summer of 2018. With that being said, Barca are yet to pay the remaining nine million euros to Betis.
Should Arsenal consider parting ways with Hector Bellerin at the end of the season? If yes, would Emerson Royal be the ideal replacement for Bellerin?