The Citizens are reportedly set to go on a big money push for three stars, including Arsenal’s 21-year-old.
Manchester City have drawn up a trio of big names to improve Pep Guaridola’s squad, according to the Mirror, and it includes Arsenal’s impressive young defender Hector Bellerin. And worryingly for the Londoners, the Manchester Evening News says Mikel Arteta could play a part in securing a move for the fullback.
The Mirror report states that Guardiola wants the three stars to improve perceived weak areas of the team and the City hierarchy are prepared to spend the £150 million they expect it will take to bring Bellerin, Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci to the Eithad.
The news will be a big concern for those at the Emirates who are determined to hang on to their speedy 21-year-old right back, with the Manchester Evening News suggesting former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta could use his close connections to the player to push for a move.
The two Spaniards both spent time at the Barcelona academy, and the MEN says Bellerin saw the former midfielder as a father figure during Arteta’s time at the club.
Arsene Wenger and Arsenal would be devastated to lose Bellerin to Manchester City having seen a number of their best players head to Manchester over the years. The likes of Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna all moved to City against the Gunners’ wishes, while Robin van Persie unforgivably switched to Manchester United.
The move has seen mixed success for those players, with a number winning league titles – something that has eluded Arsenal in recent times – but then falling somewhat out of favour.
Arsenal will still hold all the cards when dealing with any approach from the likes of City or Barcelona for Bellerin. However, the presence of Arteta and Guardiola, the most revered Spanish coach in the world right now, could be a big influence on the outcome of any approach.