Arsenal have been in negotiations with Barcelona over a deal for Hector Bellerin and have asked for Arda Turan and starlet Marc Cucurella to be included in the deal according to Spanish outlet, Don Balon.
The report claims Barcelona remain keen on bringing Bellerin back to Camp Nou but are currently unwilling to match Arsenal’s £34 million valuation of the 22-year-old.
Arsenal are now seeking to take advantage of this situation by asking for Arda and Cucurella to be included as part of the deal.
Arda has been linked with a summer exit for some time now and it appears likely he could be allowed to leave Camp Nou this summer with the club set for significant changes.
Luis Enrique will step down at the end of the season while the club are also expected to strengthen the squad after missing out on the Champions League and, potentially, the La Liga title too.
Cucurella is a highly-rated left-back who is out of contract at Barcelona this summer and yet to agree a new deal, with a host of clubs having being linked with his services.
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Manchester City are one of several top clubs to have been linked with Cucurella whose future at Barcelona certainly looks unclear.
While Bellerin has been out of form since recovering from injury he still remains a crucial player for Arsenal and only signed a new long-term deal back in November.
However, there is a possibility he could be tempted back to his former club and if so Arsenal must ensure they get the best deal for a player who is contracted to the club until 2023.
While Cucurella certainly looks a really promising option, a move for Arda may not impress many Arsenal fans with the Turkey international having previously hinted signing for the Gunners would be his ‘Plan B’.