Arsenal have moved a significant step closer to tying defender Héctor Bellerín down for some time to come.
The Spanish international is one of a number of players whose current contract is set to expire in the summer in the relatively near future, and after strong interest was shown from Manchester City and Barcelona, it seems almost certain that Bellerín will put pen to paper on a new six-and-a-half year deal.
The Evening Standard have reported that Bellerín looks all set double his wages to £100,000 per week in a deal that will keep him at the Emirates until 2023 – a massive show of commitment from the young right-back.
Manager Arsene Wenger had placed talks with Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil as a matter of greater urgency (as their contracts had less time left to run), but the interest from Barca and Man City forced his hand somewhat.
So confident are the Standard in their report, that they go on to allege that the deal could be confirmed within the nxt 24 hours – bringing an end to what could have become something of a saga.
In the meantime, he is set to miss the next four weeks with an ankle injury picked up in the recent 1-1 draw against Tottenham.
With Bellerín’s deal over the line and Özil’s progressing in a satisfactory manner, the majority of Wenger and Arsenal’s attention will surely now turn to keeping Alexis at the club. The Chilean international’s talks have stalled recently and all signs appear to suggest that player and club are at something of an impasse.