Arsenal have been given a huge boost with Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez admitting it will be “very difficult” for his side to sign Hector Bellerin.
Rumours of the full-back heading back to Camp Nou have been reignited recently despite Bellerin having signed a new long-term deal back in November.
The defender has recently admitted interest from his former club is “special” but the Barca chief has suggested his club may look elsewhere this summer.
“Of course Hector is a good player,” he told El Mundo Deportivo.
“He is well known. He is playing at a great level but there are also other players that have good characteristics.
“Those players are under contract with their respective clubs. And especially when a player has a long-term contract, it’s very difficult.”
Fernandez, did, however admit his side were looking to strengthen this summer but warned they will only buy players who are capable of improving their team.
“We are open to bringing reinforcements, to sign a player, and always have in mind the idea of improving the team, but to improve Barcelona’s team, especially our first team, it’s very difficult because we have a magnificent side,” he added. “We have to give value to what we have.”
Fernandez’s words will come as a relief to Arsenal fans with Bellerin’s words last week having done little to dampen the current speculation surrounding his future.