Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their attempts to offload right-back Hector Bellerin as Inter Milan have agreed to sign Dutch wing-back Denzel Dumfries.
The Gunners are in the midst of a huge summer rebuild as manager Mikel Arteta attempts to stop the current rut that has seen the north London side fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League in each of the last five campaigns.
Arteta has been at the helm for almost two years now and has received heavy criticism after the Gunners missed out on European football for the first time in 25 years after finishing eighth in the Premier League last season.
In an attempt to rectify this, technical director Edu has added three players – in the form of Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares and Ben White – for a combined £76million so far this summer.
However, as first reported by football.london back in May, the Brazilian also wants to bring in a goalkeeper to challenge current shot-stopper Bernd Leno and a creative attacking midfielder following the expiration of Martin Odegaard’s loan deal, although the Gunners could return to try and sign the Norwegian.
Arsenal have also been linked with a move for a right-back, with Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier mooted by The Sun as a potential target this month, although, they must first offload one of their full-backs before financing a move for a replacement.
Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin is reportedly one of the names that the Gunners would be open to selling given he has just two years remaining on his current deal with the club.
Inter Milan are one of the clubs that have been linked with a move for Bellerin in recent weeks as they have been desperate to replace Moroccan star Achraf Hakimi, who joined Paris Saint-Germain last month.
However, the Nerazzurri’s reported pursuit of the 26-year-old now appears to be dead in the water after they agreed to sign PSV right-wing-back Dumfries instead.
The Dutchman, who impressed at Euro 2020 and had some Arsenal fans calling for the club to make a move, has signed a deal with Inter until the summer of 2025.
This comes as a transfer setback for Arsenal given they appear to be open to offloading Bellerin, who was an unused substitute during their 2-0 defeat to newly promoted Brentford on Friday night.