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Manchester United linked with shock swoop for Arsenal star

Could Héctor Bellerín be United’s long-term right-back solution?

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José Mourinho is interested in bringing Arsenal right-back Héctor Bellerín to Manchester United, according to a report in the Evening Standard. The 23-year-old Spaniard still has five years to run on his current contract, though the Standard claim that a souring of his relationship with Gunners supporters could precipitate a premature exit. United are reportedly willing to stump up £50 million for the former Barcelona academy player.

Bellerín made his Premier League debut for Arsenal back in 2014, and quickly established himself as a regular feature in Arsène Wenger’s starting lineup. He’s now the Gunners’ undisputed first-choice right-back, and has so far picked up three caps for the Spanish national side. He’s noted above all else for his blistering pace, and he looks set to have a long and successful career at the top level. On the face of things, he’d make a perfect long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia.

However, we’ve got to question whether there is any truth to these reports. The Evening Standard isn’t exactly known for its transfer scoops, and having already lost Alexis Sánchez to United in January, Arsenal would presumably be loath to sell another key player to United. It would be great if it actually happened, but we’re not expecting anything.