Arsenal star Bellerin’s Emirates exit looks to have stepped up a gear as his representatives met with club chiefs to discuss his future amid interest from Inter Milan
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Hector Bellerin’s Arsenal exit looks to be accelerating after his agent met with the club’s hierarchy on Thursday.
The Spaniard has been linked with a move away from the Emirates for the majority of the summer.
However, despite having two years left on his contract, there seems to be a growing inevitability that the 26-year-old’s time in North London is coming to an end.
Arsenal are known to be in the market for a right-back this summer, with Norwich’s Max Aarons and RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams some of the names to have been linked with the Gunners.
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Calciomercato are now reporting that Bellerin’s representatives met with Arsenal’s technical director Edu on Thursday to try and convince the club to sanction a deal.
Despite interest from Spanish clubs such as Athletico Madrid and Villareal, it is understood that Bellerin favours a move to Italian champions Inter Milan.
Inter are keen on the Spaniard as a replacement for Achraf Hakimi. The Moroccan departed Italy for PSG earlier this summer in a deal worth an initial £51.3m.
However, due to the current financial climate, Inter would prefer a loan deal – something which Arsenal have little interest in.
Bellerin’s representatives have reportedly appealed to the club to accept a loan with an obligation.
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It is believed that the Gunners value Bellerin at around £20m – a figure Arsenal want to enable them to secure a replacement for the Spaniard.
Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta recently commented on the club’s transfer standings, with many clubs around Europe taking a a similar stance.
Marotta explained: “We cannot make heavy investments and we will act with creativity, trying to seize any opportunities. Many clubs will not be able to spend practically anything.”
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Bellerin has suffered with injuries during his time in North London. But Arteta revealed the Spaniard’s spells of absences in the second half of last season were not injury-related.
Arteta told Football.London : “Sometimes we have to rest him, sometimes we want to give chances as well to Cedric [Soares] and to Calum [Chambers], that in recent weeks he was completely free to offer something different to the team and that’s it.
“But he’s fully fit, available and in contention to play and start games,” he added.
The Spaniard looks likely to depart an Arsenal defence which is set to be imminently bolstered by the £50m signing of England defender Ben White.
The 23-year-old centre-half is putting the finishing touches to his big-money transfer from Brighton after completing a medical at the weekend.
White will be Arsenal’s third signing of the summer following on from deals for Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokongo.
White could be following in making the move to the Emirates by his England colleague Aaron Ramsdale.
The Sheffield United goalkeeper has been linked with a £25m move to North London as Arteta continues his summer spending spree.
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