Throughout the last number of months, Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin has been linked with a move away from Arsenal.
First, the Daily Mail reported that Barcelona was willing to make a £30 million bid for the 21-year-old, then both The Times and The Mirror claimed Manchester City were prepared to pay £40 Million for Bellerin.
Although there has been little reported since then, today The Mirror have linked Arsenal with a move for Benfica right-back, Nelson Semedo.
Despite not quoting a potential transfer fee, Semedo has been linked with moves to some of Europe’s top clubs in the last twelve months, including Inter Milan and Chelsea.
However, as The Express and Football Italia believe Semedo had a £60 million release clause inserted into a contract that does not expire until 2021, any move for Portuguese right back would not be cheap.
Nevertheless, given the uncertainty surrounding the future of Bellerin, it is no surprise to see Arsenal associated with contingency plans in the event of his departure.
Manchester City boss Guardiola has already made an offer and is the highest bidder at the moment. Bellerin, 21, has established himself as one of the best right’backs in the Premier League and would command a huge fee. The ex-Barcelona chief is keen on La Masia graduate Bellerin as he believed he will be able to adapt to his style.
However, the Gunners are in no position to welcome any kind of deal for Bellerin, and it could take a bid of a staggering £43 million to hijack him from the Emirates.
Meanwhile, Bellerin’s agent, Albert Botines, is expected to fly into London to listen to the offers on the table, even though the player himself has said that he is perfectly happy at Arsenal.
Amid rumors linking him to Barcelona, the right-back recently said, “I renewed last year and have many years left. I am very happy. In football, you can always spend a lot, but I’m in the Arsenal, giving everything for the club.
“I do not think about going to anywhere else.”
This will be good news for Gooners, who have seen a host of players leave for the Nou Camp over the last ten years.