Real Betis in talks to sign Hector Bellerin as Arsenal right-back nears exit

Real Betis have opened negotiations to sign Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin on a season-long loan arrangement.

The Spaniard has two years of his deal at the Gunners remaining but it is likely that he will be moved on this summer as part of a squad rejuvenation in North London.

Betis are returning to European football next season having qualified for the Europa League courtesy of a top-six finish in La Liga this campaign.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are now targeting the signing of a specialist right-back with the Brazilian Emerson Royal set to join Barcelona this summer.

Emerson arrived at the Seville-based club in January 2019 but has been co-owned by the Catalan giants, who will now exercise their option to purchase his full ownership rights.

Hector Bellerin originally joined Arsenal’s youth system in 2011

A report from Spanish media outlet ABC de Sevilla now outlines how Bellerin – who has been capped four times by the Spain international team – has been identified as a primary target by Betis.

Bellerin has two years remaining on his contract at The Emirates but is keen for a new challenge this summer and it is believed that the club will not stand in his way of any exit.

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The right-back is a boyhood fan of Betis despite being born and raised in Catalonia, because his father was a supporter of the club and Los Verdiblancos was the first football shirt that he owned.

The Spaniard has also previously tweeted out his affection for Betis alongside a picture of himself with Dani Ceballos – who began his professional career at the Seville-based club.

Ceballos is leaving the Gunners in the close-season with his loan spell at the club from Real Madrid at an end following on from two successive season-long loan deals.

The central midfielder is likely to be sold by Madrid this summer although the exit of Zinedine Zidane and uncertainty over his successor means he may yet have a long-term future in the Spanish capital.

Indeed, there have previously been suggestions that Ceballos, 24, may return to Betis this year four years after he left the club.

Despite Betis returning to European football, they have a precarious financial position and any deal for Bellerin is likely to be a temporary arrangement, although wages may prove a stumbling block.

It is said by the report that Betis have already opened negotiations with his representatives and there is confidence that a deal could be possible, despite competition from elsewhere.

Bellerin – who has suffered from various injury issues in recent seasons – has made 37 first-team appearances for the club this season, with Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers both options in that position, although it is likely that the club will look to sign a new starting player in that position this summer.

The 26-year-old joined the club’s youth system in 2011 from Barcelona and has clocked up 239 first-team appearances across the past eight seasons, netting nine goals and providing 29 assists.

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