Roma ready to move for Arsenal defender

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Roma are monitoring negotiations between Arsenal and Real Betis for right-back Hector Bellerin and are ready to swoop should a deal break down.

According to Calciomercato.it, the Giallorossi are keen to bring the Spaniard to the Stadio Olimpico but it is dependent on whether Betis retain him after a positive season on loan, culminating in lifting the Copa del Rey.

Bellerin had fallen out of favour at Arsenal but regained his form back at Betis, although the Seville-based club appear unwilling to meet the €20 million agreed fee to sign him outright, despite the player’s wish to remain.

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Whilst negotiations are ongoing, Roma are monitoring the situation and are ready to open talks with Arsenal should Betis fail to strike an agreement.

Elsewhere, fellow Serie A clubs Juventus and Inter have also shown some interest in the 27-year-old and could join the race to sign him this summer.

Aside from a loan spell at Watford as a teenager, Bellerin spent his entire senior career at Arsenal before moving to Betis last year.

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