Arsenal are reportedly looking at offering €15m to sign Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj with fears over Hector Bellerin’s future at the club.
The 22-year-old emerged as an important part of Napoli’s success last season, and made an impressive start to Euro 2016 on Sunday in Albania’s closely-fought defeat to Switzerland.
Furthermore, his versatility is also a useful tool for the Partenopei, as he has shown an ability to play on the left too during his career thus far.
In turn, he has shown up on the transfer radars of other clubs, with The Daily Star suggesting that Arsenal are ready to put a €15m offer on the table for him.
Part of the thinking behind the move according to the British newspaper is that there is concern growing at Arsenal over the future of Hector Bellerin, who has been attracting interest from former club Barcelona.
While it isn’t suggested that there is any immediate threat that the Spaniard will leave the Emirates, it is still a worry for Arsene Wenger particularly given his form for Arsenal over the past 18 months or so having now made the right-back position his own.
In contrast, Barcelona will be looking for reinforcements this summer in that position given that Dani Alves is set to quit the club, and Bellerin would certainly be considered as one of their preferred targets.
Nothing is expected to happen until after Euro 2016 concludes, and in an ideal world for Wenger and Arsenal fans, Bellerin’s future will be considered secure and in turn there will be no need to contemplate signing a replacement.
Nevertheless, Wenger could even still make his move for Hysaj to add depth and quality to his squad, with Mathieu Debuchy likely to move on this summer given his lack of playing time.