Arsenal will reportedly overlook Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham this summer and instead focus their transfer efforts elsewhere as they look to continue their upward trajectory under Mikel Arteta. And the Gunners’ transfer stance has greater ramifications for Arteta as it potentially raises the possibility of signing two high-class players rather than one.
Bellingham moved to Dortmund in 2020 after breaking into the Birmingham team at the age of 16 and becoming a regular in the Championship. The 19-year-old has progressed into one of the best young players on the planet and has already represented England at a European Championship and World Cup. And he has also impressed in the Champions League.
Dortmund appear to be facing an impossible task to keep Bellingham at the Signal Iduna Park this summer, despite the fact he still has two years remaining on his contract.
A whole host of Europe’s top clubs are desperate to get their hands on the ace, with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Real Madrid all circling. But, according to The Telegraph, there is currently no suggestion from club sources that Arsenal will be part of the scramble for the player’s signature.
If Bellingham does head back to England, he is likely to fetch well over £100million and could even smash the Premier League transfer record currently set by Chelsea after they paid Benfica £107m for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez in January.
That fee would eclipse Arsenal’s record £72m transfer outlay they paid Lille for Nicolas Pepe in 2019. And they could put the money to better use elsewhere.
West Ham captain Declan Rice is currently the Gunners’ top target, with a summer departure from the London Stadium appearing to be on the cards. And depending on how well Arsenal negotiate with the Hammers, they could have plenty of change left over from £100m to buy another high-class player.
Arteta could therefore look to bring in another forward to compete with Bukayo Saka or turn his attentions to finding a left-back to replace Kieran Tierney should the Scot leave the Emirates Stadium. And the Arsenal boss may feel those moves could trump a Bellingham transfer.
Arsenal have enjoyed a fine season on the pitch this term and have moved eight points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table. And the north London giants are now favourites to land their first Premier League title since their Invincibles team lifted the trophy in 2004.
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