With two weeks left of the summer transfer window, the clock is ticking for Hector Bellerin to find a new club.
It’s no secret that the Spain international wants to return to Real Betis, however, with the Andalusian outfit having to activate a Barcelona-style ‘lever’ to register six of their summer signings the odds are against them having the cash to put together a package that will satisfy Arsenal.
There has been talk of Hector taking a huge wage cut to push through an agreement with Betis but it appears that would have to be coupled with Arsenal terminating the right-back’s contract with a year left to go. It’s not impossible, we’ve done it before, but there’s also no need to rush into that decision just yet.
A number of other clubs appear to be waiting in the wings with former club Barcelona amongst them. Despite spending the summer plucking money from thin air, they too are reticent to part with a transfer fee and appear happy to wait until deadline day to see if he becomes a free agent. A deal would also depend on Barça selling Serginho Dest. Links with Atletico Madrid linger in the background.
In Italy, Udinese are the latest club to show interest, according to Sky Sports Italia. Pablo Mari’s former club are selling current right-back Brandon Soppy to Atalanta for £10 million and they need a replacement. It all looks very convenient but that tends to be because some bored journalist has indulged in some basic arithmetic and nothing more.
Personally, we’d offer Hector a new lifetime deal and a role over the road at Highbury House. If Danny K can move to the IT department, I’m sure we can promote our favourite Spockney to chief sustainability officer while also letting him design all future kits.