Charles Watts believes that Arsenal could find themselves in a position to let Hector Bellerin leave the club this summer, but only for the right price.
According to a report from CBS Sports, French side Paris Saint-Germain are ready to ‘revive their interest’ in the Spanish right-back, having reportedly been offered to them by Arsenal last summer, but with the deal obviously going nowhere.
Now though it looks as if Mauricio Pochettino’s men are ready to make another crack at it, and speaking on the latest episode of his show (3:11), Watts claimed that whilst Arsenal would be willing to let him go in order to fund their summer plans, they won’t be letting him go cheaply:
“We all know that it’s going to be key for Arsenal in terms of their transfer business to sell players to move players on to generate funds that Mikel Arteta and Edu can use, and so that’s why I think it’d be quite interesting to see if a decent offer does come in for Hector, this summer. It wouldn’t surprise me if it’s something that Arsenal consider but it’d have to be a decent offer.
“Hector is very, very popular in a squad, he’s a hugely influential, influential figure behind the scenes. Mikel Arteta really likes him. We know that. And so I do think it’ll have to take a decent offer to turn their heads that make them think about it.”
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TIF Thoughts on Charles Watts’ comments about Hector Bellerin
Watts is right to say that it would take something big for the club to sell him, because whilst he has come in for some stick this season (Premier League Productions, via Football365), he has been a regular for them for large parts this season, and at the age of 25 is still in the prime of his career. So it wouldn’t be as if they’re getting rid of a fringe player or someone who is a lot more disposable.
But with Arsenal in desperate need of a rebuild this summer, there are going to have to be some sacrifices made, and if they need to sell one player in order to bring in three or four top-class players to make them compete, then it’s a decision they have to make.
He’s currently valued at £25.2m on Transfermarkt, but you’d imagine that Arsenal might want to hold out for far more in order to have a real boost to their transfer kitty.