Euro giants confident of agreeing £45m deal with Arsenal

By on June 6, 2017

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According to the Independent, Barcelona are confident they will be able to secure a £45m deal with Arsenal to sign Hector Bellerin this summer and the defender has done little to play down the speculation.

Bellerin came through Barca’s La Masia youth academy before being lured to the Emirates in 2011 where he continued to progress with the Arsenal youth teams.

The Spanish international broke in to the first team in 2014 and established himself as Arsene Wenger’s first choice right-back with the youngster clocking up over 120 appearance already.

However, Bellerin has constantly been linked with a move back ‘home’ and the rumour mill has been in overdrive during recent days as Barcelona look to sign a new right-back this summer.

The Independent are now reporting that Bellerin wants a move back to Catalan and Barcelona are supposedly confident they will secure a £45m deal before the end of the month.

The newspaper says Barca want to rush through the deal quickly because they feel Arsenal will only allow a maximum of two players to leave and with doubts over the futures of several first teamers like Sanchez, Ozil and Oxlade-Chamberlain, they want to secure Bellerin as soon as possible before Wenger closes the exit door.

Hector has fuelled the fire after admitting that the interest from Barca is ‘great’ and says anything can happen this summer. He went on to say that every player wants to be playing in the Champions League before confirming that his family have recently moved back to Catalonia.

Bellerin is quoted as saying by the Independent.

“It’s great to know about the interest of Barca, the club where I grew up. I’m an Arsenal player and we’ll see what happens.

“I know a lot of things are being talked about but as a player, the club haven’t told me anything. A lot can happen this summer. ”

“The truth is that every player of a top level wants to play in the Champions League, especially when I’ve been playing in it for two years. As a team, we didn’t qualify. It’s something we want to correct, but as a player, I repeat: it’s an important competition.

“The fact that he [Wenger] is renewing doesn’t change much. I’d have been happy with any other coach because I have a contract.

“My family had to return to Barcelona. I have a tougher time now because I’m a family person. It’ll be a new challenge.”

It’s believed that Bellerin’s family returning to Spain isn’t related to any potential transfer as they had always planned to return home this summer but it’s obviously just heightened the speculation surrounding his future.

I think we’re in for a long summer and the rumours are only going to intensify but the good news is our bargaining position with Bellerin couldn’t be stronger as he signed a new contract until 2023 back in November.

READ: Done deal: Arsenal confirm 1st summer signing

The Independent suggest a fee of £45m but we could easily hold out for more in today’s market as Bellerin is undoubtedly going to be one of the finest right-backs in the world over the coming years.

For that reason alone we should keep hold of him but if he does push for a move like Fabregas did, then we’ll cave in the end. Personally, I’d force him to stay for at least another year or two as Bellerin doesn’t come across as the type of player to sulk or go on strike – but them again neither did Cesc.

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