Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester City over the past year or so, and we are now said to be eyeing Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj.
The Spanish defender has been strongly linked with a move to his former side, while coach Pep Guardiola who he worked with at that former club, is also believed to be keen on a reunion at City. If either of these giant clubs can peruade Bellerin to leave Arsenal, they will need to offer massive wages, a local mansion and probably a new Toyota or two to tempt him, and that is without the expected transfer fee of at least 50m GBP!
The press has been spinning Bellerin’s words of praise for his former coach as well as his former club, although Guardiola’s side are believed to have made an enquiry about his signature in the previous close-season, and remain strongly linked.
In the case that he leaves, the Gunners are going to need a top class replacement, and surprisingly enough Arsenal are now being linked with a move for Napoli’s right-back Hysaj, and his agent is refusing to rule out a switch.
Agent Mario Giuffredi said: “There are several scouts who have come to view him, representing German and English interest.
“But we have no need to leave Napoli. Elseid is in his second season at Napoli and I think he can do well next term as well.
“The lad really wants to fight for the Scudetto, so both his intentions and those of Napoli coincide.
“Having said that, Hysaj has a release clause in his contract and if a club arrives that is intent on paying it, the player could leave.
“If that were to happen, we’d keep Napoli fully in the loop on everything and wouldn’t take any other paths without informing the club first.”
The Albanian full-back is emerging as one of the most exciting talents, although his lack of goals from the flank will likely come as a downside to his game, with many Premier League right-backs shipping in with the odd goal here or there.
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