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Report: Barcelona in talks with Arsenal over £20m-rated Hector Bellerin

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Report: Barcelona in talks with Arsenal over £20m-rated Hector Bellerin

Barcelona representatives have flown to London to discuss the signing of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin with sporting director Edu, according to Spanish outlet, Sport.

Ronald Koeman is an admirer of the right-back and would like to sign the Arsenal star for a fee in the region of £20 million before the transfer window closes.

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Bellerin is a product of the Barcelona youth academy but left for England in 2011, quickly working his way through the ranks into the first-team at Arsenal.

A return to the Nou Camp would certainly represent a romantic transfer for the player who has played three times for the Spain national team.

Bellerin has proved a fan favourite during his time at the club but now could represent a decent time for Arsenal to move him on.

Last season, the man who has won the FA Cup three times during his time at the Gunners, played 25 times in all competitions after recovering from a serious knee problem.

 

Injuries have hampered his progress in recent years and a fresh start might prove the best outcome for all concerned.

Arsenal are keen to raise some funds in order to land Thomas Partey this summer, according to reports, and the £20 million from the sale of Bellerin would be ideal.

TBR View – Selling Bellerin makes sense for Arsenal

Arsenal added Cedric Soares to their ranks in January, whilst Ainsley Maitland-Niles can also operate at right-back.

With that in mind, the time might be right for the Gunners to cash in on Bellerin and bolster Arteta’s transfer kitty prior to the window closing.

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The Spanish boss is keen to finalise his squad and Bellerin was hardly viewed as a regular starter under the former midfielder anyway.

If £20 million can be recouped for the £110,000-a-week player and the cash reinvested, it would represent very good business indeed.

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