Arsenal Transfer News: Hector Bellerin Wanted by PSG, Granit Xhaka Rumours

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 24:  Hector Bellerin of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on January 24, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
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Paris-Saint Germain have reportedly emerged as suitors for Arsenal star Hector Bellerin, while German reports claim the Gunners have opened talks for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka.

According to Le10Sport (h/t Metro's Max Miller), PSG are in the market for a new right-back following the controversy surrounding Serge Aurier, with back up Gregory van der Wiel expected to leave the French capital during the summer.

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Aurier made headlines for all the wrong reasons last month, as a video surfaced in which he insulted both manager Laurent Blanc and star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Per, he was relegated to the reserve team as punishment.

The Ivory Coast international remains one of the best young full-backs in Europe, and PSG seem determined to bring him back into the fold sooner rather than later, per sports writer Mohammed Ali:

But after he insulted both his manager and his team's most influential player, it's easy to see why Les Parisiens would keep their eyes open for alternative options. Aurier isn't the only talented right-back in Europe, and the French champions have the finances to go after just about anyone.

Bellerin would be a logical target. The 21-year-old has established himself as a top talent in the Premier League, securing a starting position with Arsenal after his move from Barcelona. While his 2015-16 campaign hasn't been perfect, his talent is undeniable, and he should be making the step up to Spain's national team very soon.

According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t talkSPORT), his strong form in north London has caught the eye of his former club, as Barcelona would love to bring him back to the Camp Nou to replace Dani Alves. Per Sport, he told Goal he's not thinking of going back at this time, however:

I left Barca without looking back. I left focused on London and Arsenal and I am really happy there. 

I signed a new deal last year and there's still a lot in front of me. It's a club that's forming a great team, with players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

My future is there and I am happy where I am. A lot of things can happen in football, but I am at Arsenal, giving my all for the club. I am not thinking of going anywhere else.

Arsenal are expected to fight tooth and nail to keep the promising defender at the Emirates Stadium, and in all likelihood, Bellerin's immediate future will play out with the Gunners. A move back to Barcelona at some point in the future seems likely, but it's hard to see him leave his current club in the next few seasons.

PSG present an intriguing option, however. Les Parisiens are a virtual lock to win the French title every year and have been taking big steps in Europe as well. At this point in time, it's hard to deny PSG are a bigger club than Arsenal, at least as far as results go.

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 08: Serge Aurier of Paris Saint-Germain reacts during the Ligue 1 game between Paris Saint-Germain and SC Bastia at Parc des Princes on January 8, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
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Arsenal have been routinely linked with Aurier, who came close to signing for the Gunners before he moved to Paris, per (h/t Mark Brus of Metro), and some kind of deal in which the Ivorian and a bag of cash move to England in exchange for Bellerin is probably what the Ligue 1 giants have in mind.

A transfer still seems unlikely, however. Bellerin seems perfectly happy with the Gunners, and if he eventually leaves the club, it's hard to see him move to any team not named Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports says his German colleagues report Arsenal have opened negotiations with Monchangladbach for Xhaka:

The 23-year-old midfielder has been one of the Bundesliga's top performers this season, adding a healthy dose of physicality, as well as some passing range, to Monchengladbach's midfield. He's a prime candidate to move to the Premier League this summer, although his club is expected to demand a hefty transfer fee.

The reported bid of £34 million seems about right, although it is steep. The Arsenal pair of Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny has shown plenty of promise of late, but there's no denying Xhaka has more upside than either of those players.