Arsene Wenger lured a 16-year-old Hector Bellerin from Barcelona to Arsenal back in 2011, and has since helped the defender develop into one of the best fullbacks in the Premier League. Naturally, his developed has attracted interest from numerous top clubs from all across Europe, including the Catalan Giants.
As per trusted Spanish news outlet Sport, Barcelona have identified the 21-year-old as the ideal signing for the right-back position for the upcoming summer transfer window. In fact, the club officials have already begun working with the player’s representatives over the potential summer move that will see the youngster return to Spain.
The report further adds that the reigning La Liga champions were initially planning to make an offer worth £35 million for the Spaniard, but sources in England suggest that Arsenal won’t part ways with their defender for anything less than £40 million.
However, when Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was asked about these reports during his press conference, the Frenchman dismissed them entirely, by stating (via Telegraph): “No. He just extended his contract. It’s an unbelievable amount of years to go. I believe again it’s very difficult to take these things seriously.”
Wenger also rubbished the rumours claiming his long-time right-hand man Boro Primorac was set to leave his side, by commenting: “That’s a complete invention! You say anything these days and everybody takes it without checking any information. Everybody just takes and takes it and makes it a a subject. It’s not serious. Fake news.”