After being banned from the transfer market for 18 months due to the illegal signing of international minors (via The Independent), Barcelona have a pocket full of cash and a list of players they would like to bring to the Nou Camp once the ban is lifted on January 1st.
One of those players being mentioned is Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, who the Catalan giants see as the perfect replacement for the now 32-year-old veteran Dani Alves, as reported by Goal – who also list Everton centre-back John Stones as a potential transfer target.
Bellerin has established himself in Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s starting XI following his break through last season, virtually consigning French international Mathieu Debuchy to the side-lines.
The 20-year-old’s rise through the ranks at the Emirates has not gone unnoticed by Barcelona trainer Luis Enrique, who has now instructed Sporting Director Ariedo Braida to make a move for the Gunners speedster in January.
Bellerin is a native of Barcelona who grew up through the youth ranks of the club before signing for Arsenal in 2011, and just as they are with any other player who started their footballing career at the home of Tika-taka, Barcelona are confident that they can encourage Bellerin to return to his home town club.
The youngster has tasted his first bite of success in North London, and we think it would be fair to say he is happy where he is playing for a top team in the Premiere League.
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If he had stayed with Barcelona he would now be playing for Barca B rather than with the superstars of the first team, which makes us confident that no matter how much he would like to return to the place where he grew up, he knows where his bread is buttered and will remain an Arsenal player for years to come.