Given the club’s likely inability to nab a Champions League spot plus following a bitter 2-0 defeat to rivals Spurs, not to mention a general air of toxicity reverberating around the Emirates of late, it’s hardly surprising that a litany of Arsenal players have been earmarked for moves elsewhere this coming transfer window.
Joining the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin as reportedly disgruntled Gunners playing staff, is Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin who is potentially going to be the first to seek pastures new, with former club Barcelona his likely destination.
As the Mirror have reported, the speedy defender has become a prime target for the Catalans, alongside Theo Hernandez, Bellerin, Coutinho and Marco Verratti, with a fee of £34 million in the offing.
Of course, having come through the club famous La Manga youth setup prior to a move to Arsene Wenger’s side, few will be surprised if Bellerin did indeed decide to move back to the multi Champions League winners. Former midfield maestro Cec Fabregas did the very same prior to his Premier League return with Chelsea.
Whilst Barca’ attacking trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar continue to amaze in La Liga, The Blaugrana have struggled defensively following the departure of flying full back Dani Alves last Summer. With the club able to offer their countryman the opportunity to play in Europe’s premier competition, not to mention the possibility of playing among the greatest players in Europe, Wenger will find it difficult to keep their key wide man considering the status of the buyers and such a large transfer fee on offer.
Having made his Gunners debut against West Bromwich Albion back in 2011, Bellerin has gone on to appear for his side on 78 occasions, establishing himself as one of the league’s best right backs.
(Via the Mirror)