Cheaper alternative emerges for Arsenal as € 10million deal is announced
Arsenal could replace Hector Bellerin with Ajax full-back Noussair Mazraoui this summer, according to reports.
Bellerin is one of Arsenal’s longest-serving players, but there are doubts about his retention. Some have advised him to look for a new challenge elsewhere after the club missed European qualification. If he leaves, the Gunners will have to find a suitable replacement.
There have already been rumors about who could fill the void. Lille’s Zeki Celik would be an option, for example.
But a cheaper alternative, according to Deportivo Stadium, could be Mazraoui.
The Spanish point of sale report covers Real Betis’ interest in Bellerin. Betis just lost Emerson Royal to Barcelona as expected, so they need to strengthen at right-back and could lure the Arsenal man to his homeland.
They should make an effort to convince both Bellerin and Arsenal as they finish sixth in La Liga. The deal’s formula may not be Arsenal’s, as the Gunners would like to raise as much money as possible, while the Sevilla-based club may prefer a loan early.
But if they can find an agreement, then Arsenal are already looking to Mazraoui as a replacement, it is claimed.
The 23-year-old has climbed the ranks of Ajax’s academy but has made just 16 starts in the 2020-21 Eredivisie. At the squad level, however, he ended the season celebrating, as Ajax won the league and cup double.
He may be nearing the end of his run with the club. Mazraoui’s contract expires in 2022, so they could cash in now if they can’t agree to an extension.
Deportivo Stadium claim Mazraoui could be available for as little as € 10million, which is an inferior reflection of its true worth. Therefore, it could be a worthwhile investment for Arsenal if this is the path they choose to go.
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