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PSG in hunt for £30m Bel­lerin

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PARIS SAINT-GER­MAIN have opened talks with Ar­se­nal over a £30mil­lion move for Span­ish right back Hec­tor Bel­lerin. Ar­se­nal do not wish to lose the 25-year old Spa­niard but recog­nise any sub­stan­tial fee re­couped could be utilised to strengthen the squad else­where. The Gun­ners have al­ready spent £41m this sum­mer on four new ar­rivals. Ju­ven­tus and Bay­ern Mu­nich are also among Bel­lerin’s ad­mir­ers but PSG have made the first move.

Bel­lerin is un­der con­tract un­til 2023 but is open to a new chal­lenge. He joined Ar­se­nal in 2011 from Barcelona’s academy and has gone on to make 205 first-team ap­pear­ances, winning three FA Cups with the north Lon­don club, along­side three Spain caps. PSG have been long-term ad­mir­ers and per­sis­tent in their pur­suit.

They have pro­posed £25m with a fur­ther £5m in add-ons. Ar­se­nal value Bel­lerin higher than that and talks con­tinue. Mean­while, Ar­se­nal con­firmed the sign­ing of Brazil­ian cen­tre back Gabriel Ma­gal­haes from Lille in a £27m deal. The 22-year-old’s ar­rival was con­firmed in a video Zoom call with com­pa­tri­ots and new team-mates Wil­lian and David Luiz, with Gabriel cur­rently self-iso­lat­ing in Lon­don after mak­ing the move from France.

He will wear the No 6 shirt. Man­ager Mikel Arteta said: ‘He has many qual­i­ties which will make us stronger.

‘He has proved with Lille that he is a de­fender with many out­stand­ing at­tributes and we are look­ing for­ward to watch­ing him grow.’

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