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New Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, is reportedly looking to bring Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin to the Etihad, according to reports from Mundo Deportivo.
The 21-year-old full-back has performed substantially well for his club, after breaking into the first team two seasons ago.
Arsenal are still in the process of renewing Bellerin’s contract, but they will have to deal with interest from Manchester City, and even Barcelona.
It is believed that Manchester City, Manchester United, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Atletico Madrid are all interested in the youngster. But, Pep Guardiola seems most eager to complete the deal as soon as possible.
Should Bellerin’s move to Manchester City materialize, he would become the sixth player to make the switch between the Emirates and the Etihad in the past decade. Players who have made the move from the Gunners to the Citizens include Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, and Samir Nasri.
A source close to Hector Bellerin told Mundo Deportivo: “He is happy at Arsenal, but the option of City exists, it pleases him and what’s more, Pep [Guardiola] is there.”
The Spanish defender comes back from France, where he represented his country in the Euro 2016, but failed to make a massive impact in the tournament.
Barcelona’s sporting director, Robert Fernandez, claimed last month that the Catalans are not interested in the youngster’s services, although he mentioned that Hector is not a player to be undermined. He said:
“Hector Bellerin? I’m not planning anything,” Robert revealed.
“To know how to play in Barcelona defensively is very difficult. You have to give importance to these players,” he concluded.
It is understood that the 21-year-old speedster is currently happy with the Gunners, although Hector is believed to be a fan of Guardiola – meaning that if he is to move, Manchester City is his most likely destination.