Arsenal are set to offer Hector Bellerin a new five-year deal as they bid to keep hold of the youngster amid attention from Barcelona and Manchester City, according to The Mirror.
Bellerin has developed into a key player for the Gunners since joining from Barcelona in 2011 and his consistent performances have led to him being linked with a return to Camp Nou.
Luis Enrique’s side have struggled to replace Dani Alves at full-back since his summer departure to Juventus. Neither Sergi Roberto nor Aleix Vidal have yet been able to establish themselves in defence for the Spanish champions, leading to speculation the Catalan giants could move for Bellerin.
Manchester City, meanwhile, have also been linked with Bellerin with Pep Guardiola believed to be a big fan of the 21-year-old, having worked with him during his time at Camp Nou. City reportedly made enquiries about the full-back over the summer, only to be told he was not for sale.
The report claims that Arsenal will open talks with Bellerin’s representatives over a new deal after the international break, despite the youngster still having three years left on his current deal.
The Gunners are also willing to offer the Spain international a significant pay rise while they are confident their bright start to the season, they are currently two points off the top of the table, will help to convince Bellerin they are capable of a realistic title challenge.
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Arsene Wenger’s side can also point to a summer of recruitment, bringing in Lucas Perez, Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka as evidence of their ambitions this season.
Certainly keeping Bellerin at the Emirates, and away from Manchester City and Barcelona, must be a priority of Arsenal’s this season. The full-back is arguably the best right-back in Europe currently and committing his future to the club would be a huge boost to the Gunners.