Over the past few weeks, there have been numerous reports suggesting Inter will be targeting Hector Bellerin to replace Achraf Hakimi, who officially signed for Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

Their limited funds, however, make any permanent transfer this summer difficult, meaning they want a loan to start with and an option to buy attached.

For Arsenal, that isn’t the worst scenario, since Mikel Arteta made it clear by his benching of the player towards the end of the campaign that he doesn’t fully trust him, but the Gunners also want money now.

That’s why, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, that while they are ‘open to the possibility’ of a loan, they first want to scour the market to see if they can get a permanent buyer first.

If they don’t, they would return to Inter, although they want an ‘obligation to buy at €20-25m’, which doesn’t suit the Serie A side.

The Italians are ‘insisting’ on an ‘option’ to buy, hoping that next year their purse strings won’t be as tight.

In the meantime, the communication channels with London ‘remain open’, with both clubs seemingly happy to wait a bit before getting fully invested in negotiations.