Arsenal may agree to sell Hector Bellerin to Paris Saint-Germain to help fund summer moves for Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.
Gunners chiefs know they have few saleable assets to cash-in on this summer, but they also need some additional cash to bring in manager Mikel Arteta’s top targets – including Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey.
Bellerin is one of those Arsenal are considering cashing in on to help strengthen the team, according to reports, following an approach from Paris Saint-Germain.
According to The Athletic, PSG have made their interest in Bellerin known and the clubs have opened talks about a possible move in the coming weeks.
Bellerin has been linked with an Arsenal exit before, and is said to be wanted by Juventus and Bayern Munich, but the French champions have made contact and want him as a replacement for right-back Thomas Meunier, who joined Borussia Dortmund in a free transfer earlier this summer.
The report claims Arsenal ould prefer Bellerin to stay – he is under contract until 2023 – but will not stand in his way if the 25-year-old full-back wants to move to Paris and the club receive the right fee.
And that will aid Arteta in his chase of Atletico Madrid’s Partey – who has a £44.5million release clause – while the Premier League club has also held talks over a possible move for Lyon playmaker Aouar.
If Bellerin does leave, Arsenal will also scrap their plans to sell Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer.
The versatile 23-year-old is a target for Wolves, who reportedly had an opening bid of £15m rejected by Arsenal and are expected to come back with an improved offer.
He’s also been linked with a move to Newcastle, but it is claimed the Magpies baulked at the fee the Gunners are demanding, having put a £25m price tag on their academy graduate.
But Bellerin’s exit will mean he stays at the Emirates, while they also have summer signing Cedric Soares, who signed in a free transfer from Southampton in June, who can play in that role.