Héctor Bellerín is likely leaving Arsenal this summer. The latest buzz has Inter Milan as the most likely destination, and he’s believed to be on-board with a move to the Italian champions. Per Fabrizio Romano, however, there’s a significant hurdle to clear for the move to go through — Inter want a loan with a buy option, Arsenal want a permanent sale.
Finances in the football world are tight this transfer window, and Inter Milan are no exception, despite winning Serie A. They were late paying players at times last season. There are reports that players waived bonuses to help make ends meet. The club is working on securing loans to cover their losses, which number in the hundreds of millions.
You can see why Inter are pushing for a loan rather than an outright purchase. That said, Inter just sold Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain for a fee somewhere in the neighborhood of €70M. So they’ve got cash on hand, enough to meet Arsenal’s reported £20M asking price. Inter are also said to be interested in Denzel Dumfries, who reportedly has a £13M release clause in his contract with PSV Eindhoven.
Bellerín has two more years on his contract, and while the Gunners are trying not to let players get into the final year of their contract, it’s not as if they have to sell right now either. And given the current none-too-exciting slate of options at right back, Arsenal may be better served with Bellerín as the Matchday 1 starter (he won’t be though — it’ll be Calum Chambers).
Sadly, I think we’ve seen Hector Bellerín in an Arsenal shirt for the last time — away to Chelsea, as a substitute in a 1-0 win. When Bellerín was linked with a move to Atlético Madrid earlier this summer, I waxed poetic about the prospect of one of my favorite players leaving the club.
He’s Arsenal through and through. He’s been at the club since he was 16. He’s a top class person — the kind you want representing your club, the kind that makes you proud to be a Gooner. We say Arsenal means something, that the badge and the club represent more than wins and losses and the cold, unfeeling red and black of the balance sheet. Héctor Bellerín is that.
He’d also been linked with PSG, as he had been for a few transfer windows. But the French giants got their new right back in Hakimi. Bellerín has also been linked to Real Betis and a handful of other clubs around Europe. One thing is for sure: he’s on his way out of North London. It’s just a question of where he’ll end up.