PSG to test Arsenal’s resolve with £25m bid for Bellerin

Paris Saint-Germain are pursuing a deal for Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, the club having made an opening bid of £25m for the Gunners’ right-back.

The French champions are keen to strengthen their options at full-back following the departure of Thomas Meunier to Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer, with the Champions League runners-up having contacted Arsenal over the availability of Spain international Bellerin.

According to the Guardian, PSG have now firmed up their interest with an opening bid of £25m plus a further £5m in add-ons, an offer the report describes as a ‘teaser’ for the Premier League side whose resources are limited this summer amid the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Arsenal controversially announced the news of 55 staff redundancies earlier this summer but have continued on with their rebuild under Mikel Arteta, the confirmed capture of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille following the permanent signing of Pablo Mari from Flamengo and arrivals of free agents Cedric Soares and Willian.

The north London side are, however, keen to raise further funds through player sales as they bid to balance the books, and could be open to the departure of Bellerin should they receive an offer too good to turn down.

According to the Telegraph, Bellerin is ‘open to the move’ after spending almost a decade at Arsenal, whilst the Gunners are ‘not against a sale’ as they bid to race funds for their reported pursuits of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.

Bellerin has three years remaining on his current contract and Arsenal would prefer for the player to stay, but the club’s hierarchy know they have few saleable assets this summer and little room to manoeuvre in the transfer market.

Bayern Munich and Juventus are also reportedly interested in the right-back and the Gunners will hope to receive significantly more than PSG’s opening offer, whilst the permanent arrival of Cedric and a u-turn on the future of Ainsley Maitland-Niles means Arsenal have cover should Bellerin depart.

Maitland-Niles was initially deemed as an asset the club were prepared to sell this summer and seemed on the verge of joining Premier League rivals Wolves, though Arsenal now look likely to retain the services of the versatile 22-year-old who can play in midfield and at full-back.

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