Hector Bellerin, the Arsenal full-back, has become a prime transfer target for Barcelona, according to reports.
Bellerin, 21, began his career at Barcelona but it is at Emirates Stadium where he has emerged as one of Europe’s most promising defenders.
Mundo Deportivo in Spain claims Barcelona, long linked with Bellerin, has now made his transfer a top priority for the summer.
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin in Munich, southern Germany, February 15. Bellerin is reportedly wanted by Spanish giant Barcelona. Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty
That haste may come in part because Sergi Roberto, the academy product who has been playing right-back for Barcelona this season, is not seen as a long-term solution at the position.
This week AS, the Spanish newspaper, published a report claiming Roberto, 25, was “mentally exhausted” by playing out of position.
Bellerin is a natural full-back but Barcelona is said to be concerned that he only signed a new six-and-a-half year contract with Arsenal in November 2016.
That will, of course, increase the fee Barcelona may have to pay for him, but such is its need to shore up the position, it may go ahead regardless of the price.Try Newsweek: Subscription offers