The Hector Bellerin Arsenal career will reportedly end this summer. According to Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners will look to sign a replacement for the 26-year-old but are unlikely to make a move for either Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey or Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi.
Hector Bellerin Arsenal Career Set to Come to a Close
Spaniard Has Won Three FA Cups With the Club
Bellerin’s reported summer exit will bring an end to a ten-year association with Arsenal. The right-back joined the club’s U18s from Barcelona in July 2011 and broke into the first team in 2014 following a loan spell at Watford.
In his time at the club, Bellerin has been part of three successful FA Cup-winning teams and has also earned four caps for his country. Although the current season is set to be his last, Bellerin has also played a significant role in the Mikel Arteta era at the Emirates and has made 31 appearances in all competitions in 2020/21.
Achraf Hakimi Rules Out Inter Milan Exit
One player unlikely to replace Bellerin in North London is Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi. The 22-year-old, who can play in either full-back position, has been a key part of Antonio Conte’s side as they look to seal a first Serie A title since 2010.
Hakimi has played in 29 of Inter’s 30 league games so far this season, helping the Nerazzurri open up an 11-point gap at the top of the table. Addressing his future in club football, the former Real Madrid man told Repubblica that he wants to stay in Milan ‘for a long time’, as he is enjoying playing under Antonio Conte, who he describes as ‘a big brother’.
Another young right-back who has been linked with Arsenal is Brighton and Hove Albion star Tariq Lamptey. The 20-year-old has excelled since moving to the south coast from Chelsea in January 2020, but is reportedly not among the top candidates to replace Bellerin, should the Spaniard leave the Emirates as expected at the end of the season.
Lamptey caught the eye with a series of excellent performances for Brighton in the early part of the season but has been sidelined since December with a serious hamstring injury that has limited him to only 11 league appearances in 2020/21.
Embed from Getty Images