Manchester United are plotting a surprise attempt to sign Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin at the end of the season. The Spain international has been identified as a potential long-term successor to Antonio Valencia, who is approaching the final year of his professional career.
Bellerin, now 22, was regarded as one of the best full-backs in the Premier League couple of seasons ago, but his form has deteriorated over the past 18 months, which has no doubt coincided with the Gunners’ average form in the top-flight.
According to The Manchester Evening News, United are staying up-to-date with the developments of the former La Masia graduate, who could potentially be sold by the Gunners to raise funds for future transfers.
Serie A holders Juventus have been deemed as long-term admirers for the right-sided defender, but it appears that United have thrown their name into the hat to pursue the Spaniard, who has managed more than 100 appearances in the Premier League.
From the fan point of view, one of Timothy Fosu-Mensah or Axel Tuanzebe could be seen as the idea long-term replacement for Valencia, but it appears that Mourinho could be looking for valuable top-flight experience, which Bellerin genuinely possesses.
Bellerin was transformed from a winger to a full-back during his time in the Gunners academy, and this has instilled the attacking instincts in the Spaniard, who likes to join in the attack, when needed. However, the defensive side of his game has come for criticism from a section of the Arsenal faithful.