According to the Express, Manchester United are still keen on Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, as they see him as a ‘long-term successor to Antonio Valencia’. Juventus are also in the race for his signature.
The 23-year-old has struggled for form this season and could reportedly be sold as the Gunners need to raise funds for Arsene Wenger’s replacement to spend this summer.
Valencia joined United from Wigan Athletic in 2009 and has gone on to make 328 appearances in all competitions. He’s transformed from a right-winger to a fullback but will be out of contract next year and is unlikely to get an extension given he’ll turn 33 in the coming months.
Matteo Darmian, who provided cover at right-back for Valencia, is also out of contract in 2019 and could be on his way out this summer due to a lack of playing time under Jose Mourinho. As a result, United will be desperate to sign a right-back for the long-term which is where their interest in Bellerin comes in.
The Arsenal defender has been a regular under Wenger this season, but the Express believe they could let him go to boost the transfer kitty for the manager’s successor. His asking price is reportedly around £50m.