Arteta faces Bellerin decision as he seeks to raise Arsenal transfer funds

Mikel Arteta faces a decision over whether to sell Hector Bellerin after Paris-Saint Germain reportedly lodged a £25million bid for the Arsenal right-back.

Arteta must sell players to fund his transfer business this summer, with the Gunners targeting midfielders Thomas Partey and Dani Ceballos after confirming the capture of centre-half Gabiel Magalhaes on Tuesday.

Now the manager must decide whether Bellerin should one of those whose departure will help pay for his squad overhaul, after multiple sources reported that PSG had made an opening bid.

Bellerin has been Arsenal's first-choice right-back for some time, but the emergence of Ainsley Maitland-Niles may pave the way for the Gunners to cash in on the 25-year-old.

It was recently reported that Arsenal wanted to sell Maitland-Niles.

But Arteta is believed to rate the utility man highly, and saw his faith rewarded by the 23-year-old's man-of-the-match performance in the Community Shield triumph over Liverpool.

With Maitland-Niles stepping up, Arsenal may consider that they can afford to sell Bellerin – although they are believed to value him at more than the £25m being offered by PSG.

The Athletic reports that they are open to letting him leave if their valuation is met, with the player himself said to be willing to tackle a new challenge.

PSG are targeting a new right-back after Thomas Meunier joined Borussia Dortmund, and are hopeful of being able to land Bellerin.

If Arsenal can land around £30m for Bellerin it would some way towards helping them meet the £45m release clause of Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey.

The 27-year-old is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League and Arsenal in particular, but will not attempt to force through a move, according to Goal.

As well as the £22m signing of Gabriel from Lille, Arsenal have also signed free transfer Willian on a bumper contract, as well as making loan deals for Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares permanent.

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And the north London club also hope to tie down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a mammoth new deal worth a reported £250,000 per year.

Arteta wants to revamp his FA Cup-winning squad in the hope of getting the Gunners back into the Champions League, after they could only finish eighth in the Premier League last season.

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