David Ornstein has outlined what Hector Bellerin has done in an attempt to find himself a move away from the club.
While it has been widely reported that Hector Bellerin wants to leave Arsenal – and that the Gunners are happy to sell the full-back for the right price – Ornstein has revealed the steps the Spanish defender has taken in the hope of getting his desired exit.
While talking on The Athletic Football Podcast, Ornstein explained that the club haven’t received any great offers for Bellerin, despite the Spaniard trying to initiate contact with potential suitors.
He explained: “I think Hector Bellerin has tried to bring a number of proposals to the club in terms of Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, some swaps.
“The Inter one was credible, and it hasn’t managed to develop because they wanted to do a loan with an option to buy, or a loan with an option that would become an obligation, so that they didn’t have to put it in their accounts for this year. Whereas, if it was a loan with an obligation, they would have to – so their financial position necessitated that that was tricky.
“Arsenal just wanted a loan with an obligation, because they wanted to make sure they get the money for a player, who maybe a year or two ago, they could have got £20m or more.”
He then added this snippet to outline just how ready the defender is to make a move elsewhere: “Bellerin’s said to be prepared to even take a pay cut to get this move.”
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One possible exit opportunity for the 26-year-old could be a move to Barcelona. Indeed, the Daily Star claims Arsenal are considering a swap deal with Barcelona that would see Emerson Royal move to the Gunners with Bellerin heading the other way.
This would quite likely be a great outcome for Bellerin as it would see him return to his home nation and also the club where he once played as an academy prospect.
As Ornstein mentions, Inter did at one stage look like a possible destination, but the club have since signed Denzel Dumfries from PSV instead.
So if Bellerin is to leave this summer, Barcelona may well be his best bet, as his Arsenal journey looks to have run its course.