La Liga club still hoping to sign 27-year-old Arsenal

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Real Betis’ Spanish defender Hector Bellerin cries while waving to supporters at the end of the Spanish league soccer match between Real Betis and Granada FC at Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville on May 15, 2022. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

Last weekend, an emotional Hector Bellerin broke down in tears as he said goodbye to Real Betis fans in their final home game. After 32 appearances and a Copa del Rey trophy, his loan spell with the club is now over.

Betis president Angel Haro suggested the club bring the 27-year-old back but his move to Spain was a simple loan with no option to buy.

“Hector is a fantastic player and a very good person”, Haro mentioned. “It was a loan we had from Arsenal, now he’s coming back to Arsenal and from there we’ll see.

“It’s true that he was very taken with everything related to Betis because, in addition, his parents are Betis fans. Hopefully we will meet again.

Bellerin’s loanee teammates have joked that they will have to open a crowdfunding page to sign the player from Arsenal this summer.

The defender was a popular member of their squad, and it seems like the only reason the move doesn’t materialize would be the financial aspect.

SEVILLE, SPAIN: Hector Bellerin of Real Betis is challenged by Hugo Guillamon of Valencia CF during the Copa del Rey final match between Real Betis and Valencia CF at Estadio La Cartuja on April 23, 2022. (Photo by Angel Martinez /Getty Pictures)
SEVILLE, SPAIN: Hector Bellerin of Real Betis is challenged by Hugo Guillamon of Valencia CF during the Copa del Rey final match between Real Betis and Valencia CF at Estadio La Cartuja on April 23, 2022. (Photo by Angel Martinez /Getty Pictures)

Speaking to his YouTube channel, Goal’s Charles Watts recently reported that people close to Hector Bellerin had given him the impression he wouldn’t be returning to Arsenal.

As it stands, all parties are working on its release.

Real Betis are Bellerin’s main destination on a permanent deal, and they want to keep him. But Watts believes Arsenal won’t get the £15m sometimes quoted for the defender, with a €5-10m fee more likely.

Betis have made it clear to Bellerin that they want him to stay permanently and believe they can afford it at this price. Although he would need to take a pay cut.

the shimmer reported last month that Bellerin wanted his loan move to Real Betis made permanent, and he would be willing to take that pay cut to make it happen.

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