At the time, Bellerin was keen on an exit, but Arteta asked him to stay for at least one more season. In return, he conceded that Arsenal would consider an exit in 2021 – assuming Bellerin still wanted to leave.
There are no ongoing conversations between the two parties currently, but both sides believe this might be the right time to move on.
The likes of PSG, Barcelona, and Serie A clubs have been linked with a move for Bellerin if he leaves. However, ESPN claim PSG are out of the running, as they intend to simply activate loanee Alessandro Florenzi’s option to buy.
Arsenal have reportedly identified Norwich City’s Max Aarons and Brighton and Hove Albion’s Tariq Lamptey as potential replacements for Bellerin, should he leave. That makes sense, as both are homegrown, like Bellerin.
Lamptey recently signed a new contract with Brighton, but The Athletic reported at the time that it was unlikely to discourage his suitors. Arsenal remain interested and the new deal isn’t even expected to lead to a significant price hike.
As for Aarons, the 20-year-old reportedly held talks over a potential exit with Norwich City in recent windows. At the time, they decided it would be mutually beneficial for him to stay, but that might change this summer.