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Arsenal’s plan to sell Hector Bellerin for top money – and how it involves key arrival

Arsenal are waiting on Bellerin to return to full fitness before being able to welcome him back into the fold.

The Spaniard was out for much of last season, but the Gunners expect him to hit the ground running once he returns.

They hope a stellar year at the Emirates will see his price skyrocket which would allow them to cash in for a hefty profit.

Meanwhile, they are looking to add a second choice right-back with a view to him becoming Bellerin’s successor, but also ensuring they remain better off financially, according to Duncan Castles.

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“One of the plans they have in place is to find a young backup right-back to Hector Bellerin this summer,” said Castles on the Transfer Window Podcast.

“Someone who can come in and share the position, to a certain extent, with Bellerin while he recovers from the injury that left him out for most of last season.

“They expect Bellerin to have a really good season, reestablish himself as one of the top talents in that position and hope to sell him for substantial money down the line.

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Bellerin is looking to recover from a long-term injury (Pic: GETTY)

“So that’s an intelligent plan if you’re looking to make the most out of the resources you have.

“Which is push the value up of a player you know you can sell, try and get a big transfer fee for him, buy someone in at cheaper price, have them ready to replace in a year’s time.

“Then you take the profit you’ve made on that and reinvest it in another part of the team.”

Arsenal’s summer recruitment has been hindered by the lack of funds available to Unai Emery.

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Tierney has been one of Emery’s main targets throughout the summer (Pic: GETTY)

They have chased Celtic’s Kieran Tierney for most of the window as they look to add a full-back.

But Emery has seen bids of up to £25m rejected for the Scottish star as Celtic look to maximise their financial gain.

The Arsenal boss does look close to completing a deal for another one of his long-term targets though.

His pursuit of French defender William Saliba has been a lengthy saga, but they are closing to finalising a deal with Saint-Etienne.

Reports suggest the central defender will be allowed to remain at the Ligue 1 club for a further year before joining.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/793481/Arsenal-Hector-Bellerin-Unai-Emery-transfer-latest

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