Premier League veteran Hector Bellerin appears to be heading out of Arsenal after agreeing a five-year, £60,000-a-week contract at Serie A champions Inter Milan, as reported by Tuttomercatoweb.
As the longest serving member of Mikel Arteta’s squad packs his bags and searches for his passport, it’s not just Arsenal fans who will be watching the developments unfold with interest.
It is no secret that Inter Milan are prioritising a new right-sided player after selling Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain, a deal designed to ease the crushing financial problems facing a Chinese-backed Nerrazzuri side.
And should Bellerin arrive, that may leave Everton free to pursue a deal for PSV’s Euro 2020 sensation Denzel Dumfries.
Cagliari enforcer Nahitan Nandez has also been linked with Inter. And while the Uruguayan is a midfielder by trade, his versatility lead to some suggesting he could be used as a right-back by new coach Simone Inzaghi.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is also keen to land the all-action, £31 million-rated Nandez and the Yorkshire giants will be praying that it is Bellerin who fills a Hakimi-shaped void in the Inter XI instead.
And it seems they will be in luck.
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Though Inter are yet to agree a deal with Arsenal themselves, Bellerin has given the nod to a five-year, £60,000-a-week contract at the San Siro.
That will see the Catalan-turned-cockney take a massive cut on the £110,000 pay-packet he takes home in London.
According to TMW, Inter are hopeful of reaching a breakthrough in the coming days, believing that Arsenal may now have softened their stance and will accept a loan-to-buy deal for a player they were previously demanding cash up front for.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will be forced to enter the market themselves for a Bellerin replacement.
Nuno Tavares, the new arrival from Benfica, showcased his two-footedness with a debut goal against Rangers in pre-season and can slot in at right-back comfortably if required.