Chinese clubs have suddenly started throwing their money around all over the place, and a number of top clubs were left disappointed this January when their top targets made the switch to the Orient.
We were unaffected – mainly because we didn’t really seem to be trying to buy anyone after Mohamed Elneny – but that might not be the case for long.
Hector Bellerin has long been linked with a move back to Barcelona (via the Metro), unsurprisingly so given his phenomenal form over the last 18 months. But the links are likely to increase further this summer, with Dani Alves once again being linked with a move away from Barcelona – this time to China.
An unnamed Chinese club have apparently made an offer for the 32-year-old (via the Daily Mail), and they’ve offered a huge deal to tempt him away from the Nou Camp. Alves is still playing regularly for Luis Enrique at the moment, but that may not continue for much longer. This is his chance for one more big contract, and unless a better off comes along it’s hard to see him turning it down.
Obviously Alves’ departure doesn’t necessarily mean Bellerin will leave, but it will certainly increase speculation. Whether or not the 20-year-old would even consider making a move back to Spain is obviously an unknown, but Barcelona may well step up their pursuit of the talented right-back.
Losing Bellerin would be a massive blow, as the Spaniard is arguably one of the most talented youngsters in football right now. We need to make sure we do everything in our power to keep him at the Emirates, and out of the hands of our Champions League opponents.
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You obviously don’t want to push a young player too far too quickly, and offering massive wage packets to players that age can often be detrimental. It’s far better than losing him to Barca though, and you can’t say his performances are undeserving of a bumper deal.