Fabrizio Romano has been speaking on his latest Here We Go podcast to discuss all things transfer related ahead of this summer’s transfer window, including a claim about potential activity at Arsenal.
One topic of discussion for the Italian journalist was the Gunners’ search for a new right-back in the summer market with Romano having already reported the likelihood of Hector Bellerin leaving in the summer.
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According to Romano, Paris Saint Germain have shown some interest in potentially bringing him to the French capital with the Ligue 1 side looking at the Spaniard last year.
In addition, Romano stated his belief that Arsenal will sign a new right-back this summer, but as to who they sign is still unknown.
He said: “We were saying about [Folarin] Balogun, but something about Arsenal – they’re also going for a right-back, 100% Arsenal will sign a new right-back.
“Bellerin has two chances to leave the club as we mentioned last week, but they are going for a new right-back. And I see a lot of rumours about [Achraf] Hakimi but Inter want to keep Hakimi and it won’t be easy to sign Hakimi from Inter.
“They’re asking me, Arsenal fans, it’s true that they want to Hakimi, who doesn’t – he’s fantastic. But by any measure, Inter paid €45m and the salary is the big problem with Hakimi because Hakimi is [earning] a salary around €4.5m net per season is a big one for Arsenal in this moment.
“So that’s why is complicated. And let’s see, but it’s complicated at the moment, but Arsenal we go for a new right-back 100%.”
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Bellerin has still made 22 appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal this season, however, the Spaniard has not played in the league since February in their 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester City (via Transfermarkt).
One name which the Gunners have been linked to is that of Achraf Hakimi, however, Romano has already said that would be a difficult signing for Arenal to get over the line given the price tag labelled on the Moroccan defender.
Will Arsenal have that sort of money to spend on a right-back? It will certainly make for an interesting summer if they do pursue the Moroccan.