Arsenal change stance as defender asks to leave the club

Hector Bellerin is claimed to have turned up at Arsenal and requested to leave, with the club now claimed to be willing to accept a loan with an obligation to buy.

The Spaniard has returned from holiday this week, with the majority of squad having returned to training on Wednesday, and he is expected to be travelling with the team to Scotland today ahead of our summer camp.

It will be interesting to see if Bellerin participates in tomorrow’s friendly match against Hibernian after reports claiming that he has personally requested a move away from the club this week, with Sky Italia claiming he came into the office in ‘recent days’ to discuss the matter in person.

The report also claims that this has brought him closer to a move to Serie A champions Inter Milan, with Arsenal said to be open to allowing their defender to leave on loan with an obligation to buy, with certain clauses needing to be triggered before the deal will be completed for an agreed fee. They claim the Italian side are still pushing to have an option to buy, over an obligation however, and with us having previously been against a loan of any type, they may just get their way eventually.

I struggle to believe that we would allow the right-back to join Inter knowing their current financial situation, as we must surely believe that they are more interested in the loan than actually paying a fair fee to sign Bellerin. It wouldn’t shock me if they did take up an loan with an obligation, and simply leave the 26 year-old on the sidelines once he came within touching distance of the agree conditions, but it will be interesting to see how this pans out over the coming weeks.

Is anyone shocked that we haven’t had more solid interest in Bellerin’s signature thus far?

Patrick

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10 Comments

  1. PJ-SA says:

    Every month we are letting more and more players go for almost nothing (sometime actually nothing).

    Loan to Buy = contract runs down so player is sold cheap

    There were quite a few fans saying we should have sold a year ago when there was more interest, more revenue lost.

    1. Pepe says:

      soothsayer’s are predicting arsenal can sign grealish and Madison. I can’t stop laughing
      And they said that arsenal can do this after selling their deadwood when they are paying players to leave or terminate their contracts
      They couldn’t even get more than 25m for Martinez and now xhaka but somehow they think they can sell deadwoods to fund 70m players keep dreaming when you wake up the transfer window must have been shut

  2. MartinelliTheBench says:

    “Is anyone shocked that we haven’t had more solid interest in Bellerin’s signature thus far?”

    Not shocked at all. He has been consistently inconsistent and overall bang average. Rarely takes on defenders, pace has disappeared and has never been able to defend well.

    1. Durand says:

      I agree with you absolutely. Bellerin is a defensive player who is a sub par defender; has been for his career at Arsenal.

      Since Tierney arrived, the gap between the two fullbacks has become glaring. Is it unfair to compare the two? Honestly I do not think so.

      All the years at the club and I don’t see where Bellerin has improved defensively; a key part of the position.

      Looking like a mistake he wasn’t sold last year if there was interest. Now obvious club doesn’t see him as important, the player rumored to want out, so we will struggle to get any value from a sale.

      I would drop the price to get a definite sale, rather than remain rigid for the possibility of a sale after the loan.

  3. GunneRay says:

    Mikel Arteta has to get things sorted this summer. His Arsenal career depends on it. If we can’t get players out though, he has a massive problem on his hands. I believe other clubs know we are desperate to move players out. Should we accept less to make sure we are not left in the cold next season? Fact is, most clubs just don’t have the money this year. Arsenal are one of them. Maybe trying to gain an extra million here and there on the players we want to move out is just not worth it right now. Way could end up over paying for players on the final day of the transfer market again!

    Yes Xhaka has a good Euro performance but his club performance has been average for years. Bellerin is the same. Kolasinac, Willian and most of the above have been average. I for one would not be surprised to see most of them in the squad next season. When you buy players like these you tend to get stuck with them until their contracts expire. I just hope Arsenal as a club can find common ground with other clubs so we can all move on!

  4. RFrancis says:

    My main takeaway from this: Hector will be with us for the entire season. With his superior runway skills, he should make better use of the Ozil umbrella. Even better, we could use him for charity work in the community.

  5. CorporateMan says:

    Arsenal should play hardball for once. After all, it’s not as if Bellerin is at the end of his contract. Inter will succumb eventually. They just landed a fortune with the sale of Hakimi

    1. ahmad73 says:

      Inter also have a lot of debt!

  6. jon fox says:

    As a fan who has been telling all on JA right from his very start that Bellerin is a useless non defender falsely posing as a proper one, I am NOT AT ALL SHOCKED that no other club wants him. Why would they?

    They are not as stupid as our club has been by continuing to play this player as a regular for many years

    1. Durand says:

      Jon
      I agree with you wholeheartedly on your opinion of Bellerin. Simply amazing after years at Arsenal he has not improved his defending; even a little.

      Frankly, for years he has relied on his pace to ply his trade. Now that injuries have robbed him of pace, he has little else to offer.

      A fine person and charitable human being, but a poor defender who should have moved on years ago when his value was far higher and he was in demand.

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