Juventus ‘contact’ Arsenal after new boss Pirlo makes Hector Bellerin his No1 transfer target but Gunners demand £27m

ARSENAL have fielded an approach from Juventus for Hector Bellerin, according to reports.

Reports in Italy outline new coach Andrea Pirlo's desire to sign a new right-back.

Having made contact with the Gunners, the Serie A champions have been told that a deal is possible, if they meet Bellerin's valuation.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Arsenal want at least £27million for Bellerin.

The 25-year-old is contracted for another three years in North London and is said to be open to a move.

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However, it is not something he will move heaven and earth to see through, leaving the decision up to his club.

Juventus are said to be hugely concerned about their financial picture this summer and thus must sell before they can sign a player of Bellerin's expense.

Gonzalo Higuain, who earns £6.7-a-year, is up for a free transfer despite having a year left on his deal with Sami Khedira also likely to follow Blaise Matuidi out the exit door.

An alternative option at full-back for the Old Lady is reportedly Sergino Dest.

The Ajax star is a long-term target of the Italians and Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici is said to be attempting to at least secure first refusal on the 19-year-old, for a future deal worth in the region of £20m.

Meanwhile, Arsenal could be about to wave goodbye to another right-sided player in Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Negotiations with Wolves over the academy product are thought to be progressing, the Gunners setting an asking price of £20m.

Player sales are expected at Emirates Stadium after Mikel Arteta moved to revamp his side, bringing in Willian from Chelsea with Lille ace Gabriel Magalhaes due to follow.

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