Héctor Bellerín is a prime summer transfer target for Juventus. The Arsenal right-back has come to question his career direction in north London and the Serie A champions believe they can close a deal for him. Arsenal have previously resisted attempts by other clubs to take the 22-year-old Spaniard. Manchester City and Barcelona have tried and failed, and Juventus had an opportunistic offer turned down on the final day of last summer’s window. Juventus will push harder this time. They also made an inquiry for Bellerín in January and they are laying the groundwork for a summer move. The Italian club, for whom a new right-back is a priority, know it will take at least £45m to give Arsenal a decision to make. Bellerín was chased by Barcelona towards the end of last season and for much of the summer. He had joined Arsenal from the Spanish side as a 16-year-old in 2011 and the appeal of a return was strong. Barcelona were willing to commit to a package of €70m (£62.5m) for him. The fee was €45m (£40.2m); the total wages €25m (£22.3m). Arsenal said no. They simply would not sell. The executive who drove the talks on Barcelona’s behalf was Raúl Sanllehí. He is now the head of player negotiations at Arsenal, having joined on 1 February and, as such, he has seen the Bellerín situation from both sides. The bottom line is that Sanllehí knows the player wants a new challenge, having stagnated at the Emirates.
Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín a Juventus target as he seeks new challenge
The Guardian | Mar 3