PSG Lodge £25m Bid for Arsenal Defender Hector Bellerin

James Cormack
Sep 1, 2020, 9:37 PM GMT+1
Europe's elite are chasing Hector Bellerin's signature this summer
Europe's elite are chasing Hector Bellerin's signature this summer | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images
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Paris Saint-Germain have submitted a £25m bid for Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin.

Les Parisiens came within 90 minutes of achieving their ultimate goal in Lisbon in August but fell short in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, slipping to a slender 1-0 defeat.

And it appears manager Thomas Tuchel isn't messing around when it comes to strengthening his side for another deep European run next term.

Bellerin achieved FA Cup glory with Arsenal after battling back from injury
Bellerin achieved FA Cup glory with Arsenal after battling back from injury | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

The Guardian report that the French giants were in 'daily contact' with the Gunners last week regarding a potential deal for Bellerin, as they ready themselves for another duel with Bayern in the race for the Spaniard.

However, they've attempted to seize the initiative by sending a bid worth an initial £25m with a further £5m in add-ons to Mikel Arteta and Arsenal.

The 25-year-old is under contract in north London until June 2023 and it's understood Bellerin isn't one of the players Arteta is willing to let go this summer to help balance the books following the arrivals of Pablo Mari, Willian, Cedric Soares and Gabriel Magalhães.

Despite Arteta's desires, however, it appears Bellerin is less convinced about his future in north London.

Mikel Arteta has overseen a busy transfer window thus far
Mikel Arteta has overseen a busy transfer window thus far | Pool/Getty Images

Football London's James Benge reports that Bellerin views the current market as a crossroads for his career, and he isn't sure whether a rebuild under Arteta 'is the right place to be for his prime,' despite promising signs under Pep Guardiola's former assistant thus far.

Alongside PSG and Bayern, Juventus are also understood to be admirers of Bellerin.

Les Parisiens view the Arsenal man as a replacement for Thomas Meunier - who departed as a free agent to Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer - at the Parc des Princes, with the versatile Thilo Kehrer deployed at right-back with mixed results to round off their European campaign.

Thomas Tuchel has swiftly gone about improving his PSG side for next season following their defeat in the Champions League final
Thomas Tuchel has swiftly gone about improving his PSG side for next season following their defeat in the Champions League final | Pool/Getty Images

PSG's bid falls under Arsenal's £35m asking price for the player, but David Ornstein notes that 'there's optimism that a middle ground can be established amicably.'

The Spaniard's sale may be crucial in the Gunners pursuit of priority targets; namely Atletico's Thomas Partey and Lyon's Houssem Aouar.

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