Arsenal are open to the idea of parting ways with superstar Hector Bellerin this summer amid interest from Inter Milan.
Hector Bellerin faces a bleak future at Arsenal after another poor season with the Gunners. The right-back has fallen down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta and is keen on leaving the Emirates this summer in search of greener pastures, according to Goal.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Inter Milan are negotiating a deal with the north Londoners over a possible transfer for Bellerin. The Nerazzurri were forced into selling Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain due to financial reasons after incurring heavy losses during the pandemic, according to The Atheltic.
Simone Inzaghi considers the 26-year-old to be the perfect replacement for Hakimi at Inter. Bellerin was once considered one of the most promising talents in the Premier League during his initial years at Arsenal, however, a string of injuries over the past couple of years has prevented the La Masia graduate from performing at his optimal level.
After spending over a decade in England, the right-back has reached a deadlock in his career and a transfer to a new league could help him revitalise his form.
From a tactical standpoint, Hector Bellerin can be considered as an ideal replacement to Achraf Hakimi, especially because of Inter’s financial predicament. The 26-year-old is valued at 25 million euros on the transfer market and shares similar characteristics to that of the Moroccan international.
Like Hakimi, Bellerin is an explosive right-back who relies mainly on his speed, physicality and dribbling ability. If Simone Inzaghi decides to continue using Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 formation, then the Arsenal right-back would be an ideal fit in the system due to his attacking prowess. The Spaniard would most likely not struggle in adapting to the Serie A as several players from the Premier League have managed to flourish in the Italian league recently such as Aaron Ramsey, Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku.
However, the 2020-21 Scudetto winners may struggle in signing Hector Bellerin this summer. Inter’s first preference is a season-long loan with an option to buy at the end of the season, however, Arsenal are not interested in loaning their defender and are only looking at a permanent deal. In case Inter Milan fail to sign Bellerin, the club has considered Atalanta’s right-back Hans Hateboer as the second choice.