Arsenal continue to be linked with a potential £10 million transfer for Southampton right-back Callum Chambers which could have huge consequences for one youngster already in the Arsenal squad.
Hector Bellerin may have been looking forward to some first team exposure next season but any more for Chambers has the potential to affect his Arsenal career in a big way.
Arsene Wenger isn’t a manager who likes to have too many options in a single position and signing Chambers as a replacement for Bacary Sagna would leave him with two options at right-back for next season in the form of Chambers and Carl Jenkinson.
So what would a £10 million deal mean for Bellerin?
At 19-years-old and with not a lot of first team experience in the bank, it’s too early for a side to invest big and take a gamble on him.
The more likely scenario is another loan to go with the one he enjoyed at Watford earlier this season, which will allow him to develop his first team experience and improve himself as an all round full-back.
The problem with loans is that neither Chambers or Jenkinson present the same prospect as Sagna; an older player who could realistically leave or retire, freeing up a squad place.
Until a side is gutsy enough to take a risk on a player who would cost a decent fee given his potential, Bellerin could be confined to a series of loan moves.
The problem with that is that it stems his progress at individual clubs although it would allow him to experience different aspects of football in different countries, curbing him as a player.
The UEFA Youth League and the under-21 Premier League have presented Bellerin with the majority of his platforms to perform and the signing of Chambers certainly won’t benefit his chances of getting into the first team any time soon.