According to Italian site Calcio Mercato, AS Roma are making progress in their pursuit of Hector Bellerin.

After 11 years at Arsenal, it is widely expected that the full-back will leave the Emirates on a permanent basis prior to the new season.

Off the back of a successful loan spell at Real Betis, the 27-year-old harbours hopes of a return to Seville, however, with the club struggling to raise the necessary funds to finance a move, the door has been opened to other suitors.

Fiorentina, who were supposed to be doing a deal for Lucas Torreira, have been sniffing around, while Roma, who flirted with Granit Xhaka last year before taking Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan in January, are now said to be in pole position.

It’s claimed that Arsenal want €18 million for Bellerin but with the player out of contract in 2023, it’s likely we’ll settle for less.

Given Rome’s status as the world fashion capital, it’s hard to think of a more apt destination for Hector; it’s just a shame he might have to share a dressing room with that sociopathic Portuguese moron.

One to keep an eye on.