Arsenal have received a boost over the future of Hector Bellerin as FC Barcelona have reportedly opened talks for another player. The Spanish club have begun negotiations with Valencia over right back Joao Cancelo which would seemingly end their interest in the Arsenal man (via Daily Mirror).
Arsenal have a history of selling their best players to FC Barcelona so it always makes for uncomfortable reading when another Gunners star gets linked to the club. Hector Bellerin was brought in from the Spanish side so it was always somewhat expected that he would one day be linked with a return.
It’s a sensitive issue for many Gunners and the recent comments by Barcelona vice president, Jorge Mestre didn’t exactly fill the fan base with confidence.
“He’s a great player, there’s no doubt about that,” Mestre said. “Wenger convinced him to move [in 2011] and promised him something which we couldn’t.
“In many cases it’s good that they leave to develop as players and then return [with that experience].
“Look at the cases of Cesc [Fabregas], [Gerard] Pique, [Jordi] Alba and Denis Suarez… I hope the same thing will happen with [Sergi] Samper, too.”
But now it seems that FC Barcelona are looking elsewhere for their Dani Alves replacement by reportedly opening negotiations with Valencia over right back Joao Cancelo.
The 22-year-old is in just third season at the club after signing from Benfica in 2014 and has impressed enough this term to gain his first cap for the Portuguese National Team. Cancelo wouldn’t be the first player to swap Valencia for Barcelona either after Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer joined the La Liga champions in the summer.
Arsenal fans will be hoping that the deal does indeed go through and that Hector Bellerin will remain at the club. The interest from Manchester City doesn’t seem to be going away but perhaps the idea of returning to Barcelona would have been a more appealing prospect for the player.