The agent of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has today opened up on the growing rumours that his client could be set for a summer departure from the Emirates.
Bellerin, who has been at Arsenal since 2011, has struggled for consistency to this point in the current campaign, with the early-career promise of the three-time capped Spanish international having tapered off somewhat over the last couple of years.
This has led to growing rumours that the Gunners could be ready to part ways with Bellerin come the end of the season, in a bid to raise funds for a summer spending spree of their own.
The board at the Emirates are said to be seeking a fee of around £50 million for the blistering right-back, though it remains to be seen whether any club would be willing to meet such a hefty valuation.
The clubs most heavily-linked with a move for Bellerin to this point have been Barcelona, where the stopper came up through the La Masia youth ranks, and Italian giants Juventus, who are known to be on the lookout for reinforcements at right-back.
However, a number of surprise reports earlier this week named Manchester United as having entered the race for the Arsenal man, with the Italian media having also added Napoli to the list of clubs keen on Bellerin.
But, in a boost to the hopes of those Arsenal fans who hope to see Bellerin return to his brilliant best in North London, the Spaniard’s agent, Albert Botines, has today revealed that he has not held any discussions with opposing clubs regarding a transfer for his client.
Speaking in an interview with Radio CRC, Botines divulged:
‘There’s no contact for Bellerin, no-one has sought me out.’
‘He’s happy, he’s recently renewed and he’s playing consistently. It’s true that every player always wants to grow, but right now it’s difficult [to see him leaving].’
‘I have a close relationship with [Napoli sporting director Cristiano] Giuntoli, he’s a friend. I also know [President Aurelio] De Laurentiis and I follow Napoli.’
‘If the Azzurri were interested in some of my clients I would listen, because – just like Juventus – Napoli are not only a great team in Italy but also now in Europe.’
‘They play the best football in Italy, very similar to the Spanish one. As a club I’d compare Napoli to Atletico Madrid.’