Report: Arsenal plan to sell Hector Bellerin next year
Arsenal are reportedly preparing plans to sell Hector Bellerin next year once the full-back has returned to full fitness in order to boost the club’s funds.
According to journalist Duncan Castles, the Gunners are interested in buying a backup right-back to deputise for the Spaniard, who is currently sidelined with an injury sustained back in January, and eventually replace the 24-year-old after his potential Emirates Stadium departure.
Speaking of Arsenal’s future transfer market activity on The Transfer Window podcast (via The Daily Star), he said: “One of the plans they have in place is to find a young backup right-back to Hector Bellerin this summer.
“They expect Bellerin to have a really good season, reestablish himself as one of the top talents in that position and hope to sell him for substantial money down the line.
“So that’s an intelligent plan if you’re looking to make the most out of the resources you have.
“Which is push the value up of a player you know you can sell, try and get a big transfer fee for him, buy someone in at [a] cheaper price, have them ready to replace in a year’s time.
“Then you take the profit you’ve made on that and reinvest it in another part of the team.”
The Gunners have struggled to do just that so far this summer with only around £40m to invest in the squad following their failure to qualify for the Champions League last season.
Selling a prospect such as Bellerin, who joined the club as a youngster in 2011, would represent a large profit for the Gunners if his current market value of £36m (according to TransferMarkt) is anything to go by.
However, whether Arsenal will proceed with such plans should they return to the Champions League (and therefore presumably receive a bumper budget as a result) remains to be seen.
Would the Gunners realistically deem it necessary to cash in on the defender with a sizeable transfer budget already at their disposal? Perhaps only time will tell.
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