Saturday, January 29, 2022

Arsenal seek Premier League right-back as Hector Bellerin replacement

Arsenal are looking to replace outgoing Hector Bellerin with Norwich City right-back Max Aarons.


The potential exit of Hector Bellerin from the Emirates this summer leaves Arsenal another area to seek reinforcements. Inter Milan are looking to sign Hector Bellerin this summer. They are looking to replace the departed Achraf Hakimi. The Serie A club will go for a permanent deal or a loan with an obligation to buy.

Arsenal lack depth in the right-back area with Cedric Soares being the lone alternative. With the bulk of their transfer budget being used to recruit a centre-back and a midfielder, the Gunners won’t be able to rope in a high-profile player.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has played in the position before as well as a makeshift player. But it is highly unlikely that Arteta will employ him at right-back as a second choice alternative. Cedric played as a right-back in both of the pre-season matches so far while Bellerin came off the bench.

According to the print edition of Sunday’s Mirror, the London club are targeting Norwich City’s Max Aarons.

Max Aarons has been a target for several big sides in the past

Arsenal seek Premier League right-back as Hector Bellerin replacement

The 21-year-old is apparently ready to take the next step in his career after having won two championships with Norwich. Aarons was also part of the Norwich side that were relegated in the Premier League.

Manchester United were keen on securing the transfer of the player as a potential back-up to Aaron Wan Bissaka. Even the likes of Barcelona were interested to sign Aarons, but ultimately went with Ajax’s Sergino Dest.

The club thinks of Max Aarons as the ideal heir to Hector Bellerin. The Gunners are willing to pay up to 25 million for the Norwich youngster.

Arsenal finds difficulty in procuring a larger transfer fee. Other players are also on the radar for the club. Breakthrough Euros star Manuel Locatelli is on the radar for the club, along with Houssem Aouar and James Maddison.

Arsenal seek Premier League right-back as Hector Bellerin replacement

Norwich are not willing to sell Aarons to Arsenal

The recently promoted club have no intention of selling one of their top players at the moment. However, Norwich sold Ben Godfrey to Everton last summer and parted ways with ace playmaker Emiliano Buendia a few weeks back.

Norwich will also have to build up their squad in order to survive the Premier League. During their last promotion, they phased out after a bright start and ended up at the bottom of the table. Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell will be the key players as they will begin the campaign once again against Liverpool.

Arsenal are seeking 20 million for Hector Bellerin and intend to bring in a right-back straightaway. The list of potential candidates is thin as of now, with Arsenal prioritizing other positions. Denzel Dumfries lies as a prospective target that Arsenal can go after.

The Gunners have secured the signing of Nuno Tavares, and are close to finalizing the deals of Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ben White. The latter’s transfer will be formally concluded after he returns from Greece.


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