The first wave of Hector Bellerin departure rumors is starting to form ahead of this summer’s transfer window, and while today’s source is far from the best it portends we’re in for another tiring transfer saga involving a current player.
The Daily Mail reporting that Arsenal is willing to sell the player for £50 million in order to help fund squad redevelopment under new scouting director Sven Mislintat’s guidance, who is wanting to purchase a goalkeeper, a holding midfielder, and a center back in the next transfer period. Bellerin, it is rumored, would leave the club if the right opportunity presents itself, and one club in the mix for his signature is believed to be Barcelona, who were desperate to sign the right back last summer (the drive to pry him away from Arsenal, it should be noted again, was then-Barcelona Director of Football and current Arsenal Head of Football Relations Raul Sanllehi).
It’s not a stretch to say Bellerin is one of the more talented 22 year-old players in Europe at the moment, even if his form throughout the course of this season hasn’t been at the level expected of him. Selling him would be a significant step backwards to a club that’s looking to rebuild itself; one doesn’t drive the future towards skilled, younger players only to push the best one currently within their walls out the door.
The Mail doesn’t offer up any indication whether it’s Bellerin or the club who is driving this rumored development, which certainly matters in the end as to what the ultimate motivating factor was in any move away. More stories will inevitably hit the wire and continue to build off of this in the coming days and weeks, and how the narrative is shaped within them will eventually begin to start to reveal that - and more.