Arsenal are considering terminating Hector Bellerin’s contract, with the player willing to forego his remaining salary to complete a transfer.

Real Betis' Spanish defender Hector Bellerin reacts while sitting on the pitch at the end of the Spanish league football match between Real Betis and Granada FC at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville, on May 15, 2022. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)
Real Betis’ Spanish defender Hector Bellerin reacts while sitting on the pitch at the end of the Spanish league football match between Real Betis and Granada FC at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville, on May 15, 2022. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

Spanish outlet Sport report that Arsenal are considering terminating Hector Bellerin’s contract so he can complete a transfer, likely returning to Real Betis.

The piece seems to be largely based on recent quotes from Edu, where he said it was better to cancel a contract than keep someone blocking the pathway of another player whilst their mind is elsewhere.

But BeSoccer report something similar, claiming Bellerin would choose to leave Arsenal on a free transfer, giving up some or all of his remaining salary with the Gunners, if it would help him sign for Betis.

Even in that scenario, the deal wouldn’t be a sure thing. Bellerin had to cut his wages to move on loan to Betis last season, and he’d need to do so again this summer.

If the desire to join the La Liga club is there, perhaps that’s also something Bellerin would be open to doing.

Matteo Moretto adds that Bellerin’s representatives are in talks with Arsenal with the aim of securing the lowest possible departure fee, even a free transfer.

Betis aren’t the only club interested in signing Bellerin, with Moretto confirming as much.

SEVILLE, SPAIN: Hector Bellerin of Real Betis is challenged by Hugo Guillamon of Valencia CF during the Copa del Rey final match between Real Betis and Valencia CF at Estadio La Cartuja on April 23, 2022. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
SEVILLE, SPAIN: Hector Bellerin of Real Betis is challenged by Hugo Guillamon of Valencia CF during the Copa del Rey final match between Real Betis and Valencia CF at Estadio La Cartuja on April 23, 2022. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Bellerin reportedly rejected a move to Italy in favour of a return to Spain.

Previous reports suggest Atletico Madrid have held initial talks, speaking with both Arsenal and Bellerin’s agent about the prospect of a transfer.

James Benge of CBS Sports wrote in mid-June that Bellerin is considering his summer options and not limiting himself to a Betis return alone.

At the time, Benge reported that Arsenal wanted a fee for his sale. But with no offers forthcoming, maybe they’ll settle for mutual cancelation of his contract.

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