The arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has made the Etihad an attractive destination for many of the young players of the Premier League. Arsenal could be dealt a massive blow as one of their stars is reportedly one of them
Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin is vital cog in the Gunners squad. The 21-year-old has developed leaps and bounds since breaking into the first team a couple of seasons ago, and has even attracted the interest of La Liga giants Barcelona.
The young defender has all the qualities to become one of the best right-backs in the world in the near future. Arsenal have no intention of letting him go anywhere, and the club are now preparing to offer him a new five-year contract at the club.
However, Bellerin could be interested in other options despite the Gunners best efforts. The Times claim that the Spaniard has privately told his friends that he would like to play under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
The young Spaniard is reportedly keen to play under Guardiola, who was the head coach of Barcelona when Bellerin was a youth player at the Catalan club. He believes that such a move would be a better option than moving back to Barcelona.
Bellerin stated earlier this year that he didn’t picture himself at any other club but Arsenal. The Gunners managed to keep hold of him this summer, despite the rumoured interests of Barcelona and Man City.
The 21-year-old is reportedly earning £50,000 a week at Arsenal. The club are prepared to double his wages if he signs the new contract, but that may not be enough to hold him down. Man City are one of the most financially powerful clubs in Europe and can no doubt trump Arsenal when it comes to wages on offer.
The need for a quality full-back is also quite evident at the club, which makes the signing of a player like Bellerin a major priority. Guardiola probably wouldn’t be too pleased with the likes of Aleksandar Kolarov, Gail Clichy and Bacary Sagna at full-back, especially after coaching the likes of Dani Alves and Philipp Lahm.
The Arsenal full-back has the potential to match up to these two great full-backs, but it remains to be seen whether it will be under Guardiola.