Arsenal considering Hector Bellerin swap deal with Juventus for 27-year-old star: Reports

Mikel Arteta could offload right-back in a swap-deal
Mikel Arteta could offload right-back in a swap-deal
Akshay Tahiliani

Arsenal are contemplating taking advantage of Juventus' interest in Hector Bellerin. They are looking to land France midfielder Adrien Rabiot in a potentially complicated swap deal.

The right-back has fallen down the pecking order at the north London club and spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan at Real Betis. The Italian giants are interested in signing Bellerin this season.

Calcio Mercato Web reported that Arsenal will be willing to consider a deal for the right-back if it involves midfielder Rabiot. The Frenchman is believed to have handed in a transfer request himself and is on the lookout for a new challenge after spending three years in Turin. He had an underwhelming time at the club and wants a change of scenery.

Rabiot's contract with the Old Lady expires in 2023 and therefore presents the right opportunity for Juventus to cash in on him or use him in a swap deal. As far as Arsenal's Bellerin is concerned, his heart is set for a return to Real Betis, where he made 32 appearances last season under Manuel Pellegrini, providing five assists.

He played an important role in their Copa del Rey triumph and the Andalusian club are also eager to have him back. However, their economic conditions do not allow them to sign Bellerin unless they sell a few players first. The Arsenal man on his part is ready to take a paycut to return to Betis on a permanent basis, according to Radio Sevilla, via The Sun.

Both players being considered in the swap are 27 years old and still have plenty of football left in their careers. L'Equipe reported that Chelsea, Manchester United and Newcastle United are also keen on Rabiot's signature.

🚨 Adrien Rabiot wants to leave Juventus this summer and the Italian club will grant him his move for â‚Ŧ15M-â‚Ŧ20M.Chelsea, Man Utd and Newcastle are all said to be interested.(Source: @lequipe)

What will the Juventus midfielder Rabiot bring to Arsenal?

The France international brings with himself a plethora of experience and a winning mentality. Rabiot won six Ligue 1 titles with Paris Saint-Germain before moving to Juventus and winning the Scudetto in 2020. He has also won various other domestic titles in France and won the UEFA Nations League with Les Bleus in 2021.


Arsenal have already signed Fabio Vieira from FC Porto, who is a very attacking-minded midfielder. The addition of the Bianconeri midfielder will bring a more defensively solid option to the Emirates. Rabiot's ball retention is impressive and his array of passing can help the Gunners transition from the back quickly.

He is also a combative presence in the air and could partner Thomas Partey well in a double pivot. The 29-capped France international has played 129 games for Juventus across competitions, scoring and assisting six goals each.

Edited by Diptanil Roy


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