It is believed by Olley that United is readying a transfer fee of £50 million to entice Arsenal to, yet again, do business with them as they aim to compete with their crosstown rivals Manchester City for future league titles. Juventus, Barcelona, and City have also been rumored to have interest in Bellerin, who turned 23 yesterday, but City’s interest in Bellerin has probably cooled as of late thanks to the purchase of right back Kyle Walker from Tottenham last summer.
A move to Manchester United makes sense, but only to an extent. While United have unlimited funds to play with in transfer windows and could stand to sort out their right back position now that Antonio Valencia is nearly the final years of his career, it was Bellerin who openly criticized Alexis Sanchez and his demeanor as a teammate after the Chilean moved to United in January. Further, United is dealing with their own internal strife as of late, with manager Jose Mourinho’s erratic behavior once again resulting in strained relationships with multiple players to the point that many are beginning to speculate how much longer he’ll be in charge at Old Trafford.
Arsenal is in major need of squad rebuilding, especially to their defense, and as was stated last week it’s hard to envision using funds generated from a Bellerin sale to strengthen that area of the pitch when he’s a vital piece to that complicated puzzle. He’s reaching the most important years as a footballer, and Arsenal is not a club in need of handouts. If Bellerin is to leave this summer, surely it will not have been instigated by the club.
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