Atletico Madrid offer Arsenal attacking star in Bellerin swap deal

Atletico Madrid are reportedly ready to throw in forward Vitolo into an ambitious swap deal to land Hector Bellerin.

Diego Simeone is desperate to looking to bolster his defence this summer and is said to have identified the Gunners right-back as a potential signing.

The 24-year-old is currently recovering from a long-term knee injury but that has not stopped Atletico declaring an interest in the Spain international.

As this stage, Bellerin is expected to miss the start of the new season as he continues his rehabilitation from the anterior cruciate ligament he sustained against Chelsea back in January.

According to The Telegraph, Arsenal are likely to demand £50million for the defender, the quoted price that put Juventus off signing him last summer.

Atletico’s regular right-backs last season were Juanfran – who turned 34 in January – and Santiago Arias, leading to Simeone to target a new long-term option in the position, with Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj also a target.

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And the Spanish side are hoping that Arsenal may be tempted by them offering Vitolo as part of an exchange with Bellerin.

The versatile forward, who can play through the middle or on the wing, has managed just one La Liga goal in two seasons at the Wanda Metropolitano but thrived under Unai Emery during his time in charge at Sevilla – scoring 27 goals.


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