Juventus made a very late enquiry for Hector Bellerín, according to a report from Guardian journalist David Hytner.
After early summer speculation about the future of Hector Bellerín, and a possible return to Barcelona, everything seemed to have died down regarding the Spaniard, and he was widely expected to stay at the club.
However, for some reason Juventus decided that deadline day was the perfect time to make a move for Arsenal’s first choice right-back, as David Hytner claims on Twitter that the Italian club made a £36.9m enquiry for the player, which was immediately rejected.
Juventus made a €40m enquiry for Hector Bellerin this afternoon. Dismissed out of hand by Arsenal. Bit of a punt from Juve. Why so late??!!
— David Hytner (@DaveHytner) August 31, 2017
It was a bit of a bizarre attempt. Arsenal had already sold one of the few alternatives in the wing-back position earlier that day, with Oxlade-Chamberlain going to Liverpool. To sell both first and second choice options on the same day without a replacement would have been a disaster, and there wasn’t any time to find a replacement.
Also, it’s not certain that Arsenal would have accepted even with a replacement lined up. Bellerín may have been going through a rough spell in the past few months, but he’s still just 22 years old, and has a very long contract ahead of him.
So in a market where Kyle Walker goes for £50m Arsenal may have wanted even more for Hector. Either way, no deal was done, and Bellerín remains an Arsenal player as expected.