Hector Bellerin, the speedy Arsenal right-back enjoyed a breakthrough year with the Gunners last season, and has attracted the interest of the Spanish giants
Barcelona have confirmed the departure of Dani Alves which leaves a gaping hole in Luis Enrique’s first team squad.
Furthermore, Martin Montoya is seeking a move out of Catalonia despite the right-back vacancy, forcing Barcelona into the market.
The Spanish champions have identified Hector Bellerin, once their youth product, as the man to take over Alves’ position.
The explosive defender scored one goal and gave six assists in all competitions last season, more than Liverpool’s Brazilian maestro Philippe Coutinho. The youngster’s attacking prowess, explosive pace and fearless defensive abilities have made Bellerin the most expensive defender in the world according to the CIES, being worth approximately £43.1 million, followed by Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.
However, Arsenal are desperate to keep hold of their hot property and are set to offer a contract extension, according to John Cross of The Mirror.
Bellerin, whose current deal expires in 2019, has expressed his love for London, and admiration for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. Back in May, he spoke of his love for the place via Goal).
“England is my home now. I’ve lived there for many years; my family and my girlfriend are there. I’m very happy there so I don’t see myself anywhere other than Arsenal.”
Arsene Wenger will be encouraged to hear this, and has already made a move to fend off any suitors. The La Masia graduate is one of many contract negotiations Arsenal are hoping to resolve this summer, with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil also being lined up for talks after the Copa America and Euros 2016 respectively.