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PSG switch targets after Arsenal respond to fresh Hector Bellerin offer

Hector Bellerin was a transfer target for Paris Saint-Germain (Picture: Getty)

Paris Saint-Germain are closing in on the signing of Alessandro Florenzi after failing with a move for Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin.

Thomas Tuchel has made the recruitment of a new right-back a key priority following last month’s Champions League final defeat against Bayern Munich.

Spain international Bellerin had emerged as a leading candidate to fill a problem position for the French champions and Arsenal were said to be reluctantly willing to let the 25-year-old depart given their need to raise funds to boost their own summer transfer kitty.

According to Sky Italy, however, PSG were only willing to initially entertain the idea of a loan agreement for the La Masia graduate who is still striving to recover his best form having recovered from a cruciate knee ligament injury that ruled him out of action for nine months last year.

Cedric Soares was signed on loan by Mikel Arteta in January as back-up for Bellerin and the former Southampton star has now signed a permanent deal, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who now appears more likely to stay than depart, has also proved a more than capable…