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Hector Bellerin 'could lead Arsenal exodus this summer in £35m exit'

Published on: 11 May 2021

Arsenal are reportedly preparing a squad overhaul in the summer which could be headlined by full-back Hector Bellerin leaving for as much as £35million.

The Gunners have suffered a poor campaign under Mikel Arteta, with their hopes of getting back into the Champions League after four years away finally extinguished last Thursday after they were defeated by former boss Unai Emery's Villarreal side in the Europa League semi-final.

That has followed an awful Premier League season for Arsenal who are in danger of failing to qualify for Europe for the first time since 1995 as they sit ninth in the table and four points behind north London rivals Tottenham, who hold the likely final continental qualifying spot in seventh.

As a result, Arteta could be set to revamp his team by clearing out his deadwood, with the club's longest serving player Bellerin among those who could be moved on according to The Sun.

The report claims the Spanish full-back is open to leaving the Emirates Stadium after 10 years in north London having initially arrived from Barcelona's youth academy as he seeks a new challenge.

Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan are the reported clubs interested in the 26-year-old who has fallen behind Calum Chambers in the pecking order under Arteta.

Bellerin still has two years to run on his Gunners deal from this summer having made 238 appearances and helping the club win three FA Cups during his spell at the club.

Matteo Guendouzi is another Arsenal star who could depart this summer, with Arteta being promised funds to rebuild as long as ships out the club's deadwood.

A potential arrival could come in the form of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria.

According to 90min.com, the Gunners have been tracking the Switzerland star for nearly two years and could make their move in the summer with the 24-year-old now keen to leave the Bundesliga side.

Arsenal will be hoping to grab the midfielder at a reduced price as he enters the final 12 months of his contract and are reportedly in the mix to secure his signing.

A player swap deal involving Granit Xhaka has been muted as a possible option towards completing the move.

Source: m.allfootballapp.com

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