Hector Bellerin’s agent met with Real Betis over a potential summer transfer earlier this week, despite Betis director Martinez Feria insisting they aren’t trying to sign the player.
Speaking to the media this week, Real Betis director Martinez Feria claimed his club aren’t trying to sign Hector Bellerin. Though he admitted Bellerin would be a good signing for them, he added that they aren’t in talks with Arsenal.
“We’re not making, I say emphatically, an effort to sign the player,” Feria said. “However, he is, why not, among the positions we need & is a player of a perfect fit for us. He could be a candidate, but we are not talking to Arsenal at the moment about Bellerin.”
However, it would be difficult for Hector Bellerin’s agent Albert Botines to deny that he met with Betis, given he shared a photo of his arrival, as seen above (via Estadio Deportivo).
Of course, there are plenty of reasons he could have been there, but Goal claim it was to hold talks over a move for Bellerin.
According to both reports from Spain and England, Betis want a loan with a purchase option. But Arsenal want to sell the defender, who only has two years on his contract. They’re trying to raise money this summer and this seems like the right time to cash in.
Even if Betis could reach some kind of deal to sign Bellerin, they’d reportedly find it difficult to pay his current wage demands of £3.5m a season.
Right now, it’s hard to see a realistic conclusion to this story involving Bellerin in a Betis shirt. There’s little reason why such a move would benefit Arsenal. Bellerin does seem likely to leave, but it may have to be elsewhere.