Arsenal look set to keep Hector Bellerin after his two main suitors signed alternative right-backs. It means, however, that the Gunners have lost out on £50m for the Spaniard…
Manchester City announced the signing of Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker for £50m at 3.30pm on Friday.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 14, 2017
And an hour later, Barcelona unveiled the signing of Nelson Semedo, for a fee of around £30m.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 14, 2017
Both clubs were linked with a £50m swoop for Bellerin this summer, but Arsenal held firm and were adamant the 22-year-old wasn’t for sale.
Despite the speculation, Bellerin repeatedly committed his future to the Londoners, having only signed a long-term deal last season.
Barcelona tried every trick in the book to sign Bellerin, while Manchester City had the right-back as a secondary option if they failed in their pursuit of Walker and Dani Alves.
And with City actually spending the £50m previously meant for 15/16 Team of the Year nominee, some Arsenal supporters may feel the money could have been wisely reinvested.
All the talk from the Barcelona camp suggests there won’t be any approach for the Arsenal right-back now, with Semedo to be their consolation signing.
It means the Gunners had two chances to make £50m before the deals collapsed within an hour on Friday.