It’s claimed the Gunners are willing to sell 22-year-old right-back for around £50m, a fee which hasn’t deterred interest from the Italians nor Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
While Arsenal are considering a sale, one to a domestic rival isn’t being considered. Barcelona, for so long linked with Bellerin, cooled their interest last summer but were the right-back’s first club so cannot be ruled out.
Having bought Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for close to £60m in January, the north London club has been left with a relatively small transfer budget – rumoured to be in the region of £40-50m – and few players who can command fees which will significantly boost those numbers.
Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, is the only other player who can be sold for around £30m this summer, with Arsenal reluctant to do so. However, with one year remaining on his contract, it is Ramsey’s decision on whether he stays or goes.
Sources claim he is prepared to wait and see who Arsenal appoint as a replacement for Arsène Wenger before making a decision. The club’s original offer was rejected by the Welshman earlier this year, with fresh talks put on hold until after the season ended.