Barcelona Open Talks With Arsenal Over Hector Bellerin Transfer

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Barcelona have opened talks with Arsenal over a summer move for Hector Bellerin, according to reports in Spain.

Hector Bellerin, who back in 2011, was lured to Arsenal from Barcelona at the age of 16 by Arsene Wenger, has developed into a superb full-back, and has, in the process, attracted the interest of numerous top clubs from all across Europe, including his former club.

The Catalan Giants are reportedly keen on re-signing the Spaniard, and as per Sport, they have identified him as the ideal signing for the right-back position for the upcoming summer transfer window.

Robert Fernandez, the Barcelona sporting director, reportedly met with Bellerin’s representatives back in September 2016, and has since maintained regular contact with them. And now, the two parties seem to have begun working on the potential summer move that will see the player return to Spain.

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Barcelona were initially planning to make an offer worth £35 million for the 21-year-old, but sources in England claim the Gunners won’t part ways with their defender for anything less than £40 million.

The aforementioned report further explained Fernandez’s current stance on the deal, by stating: “The messages from Robert are clear: Hector is the priority and he wants the deal under control before the end of the season.

Interest from other clubs, such as Manchester City, does not worry him. The main thing is to work on Bellerin’s desire to return to Catalan turf. With Bellerin on side, it makes convincing Arsenal easier and is just a matter of time.”

This trusted source also adds that concrete negotiations will begin at the end of the season, as soon as Barcelona identify Luis Enrique’s successor as the new first team boss, and Arsenal sort out Arsene Wenger’s future as their manager.


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