According to the Daily Mirror, Catalan giants Barcelona could reignite their interest in Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin this summer. The youngster joined the Gunners from the La Masia academy and has gone on to gain a big reputation in north London.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim that the reigning Spanish champions could press ahead with a £45million bid this summer if the Gunners fail to qualify for the Champions League this season, which at the moment is a major possibility.
Bellerin has been out of form in recent months
The 22-year-old has struggled for form for much of the campaign and has recently found himself ousted from the Gunners team. Only a recent injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saw Bellerin return to the starting line-up at right wing-back.
When the Gunners were playing poorly, so was Bellerin. The full-back even came in for stick from the Arsenal fans in the 3-0 defeat at London rivals Crystal Palace
He has shown signs in recent games of his form returning. There is no doubting his quality. The youngster still has to be considered one of the brightest young full-backs in the European game.
Barcelona are badly in need of a right-back
Barcelona are badly in need of a new right-back. The Catalan club have failed to replace Brazilian flier, Daniel Alves. This season Barcelona boss has used central midfielder Sergi Roberto in the position, while the likes of Aleix Vidal, Jordi Alba and even Andre Gomes have played in the position.
It is a priority position to be strengthened by the Catalan giants in the summer, no matter who becomes the club’s new head coach. Barcelona have also been linked with a move for Tottenham’s Kyle Walker, but it seems Bellerin is now their first choice to fill the role for next season.
Seems happy to stay at Arsenal
Bellerin seems happy at the club and only signed a long-term deal with the club in November. The recent criticism and the team’s potential failure to qualify for the Champions League may well change his thinking about his position at the club.
The full-back may not have enjoyed the best campaign of his career, but he has a bright future ahead of him. No doubt he will regain his best form in the near future. I just hope that is at Arsenal and not in La Liga with Barcelona.
Will Hector Bellerin stay at Arsenal this summer?