Hector Bellerin in for a shock Barcelona move?

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Hector Bellerin, a graduate of the famed La Masia looks to be on his way to Barcelona according to a report by SPORT.

Bellerin joined Arsenal in 2011, leaving the Catalan giants’ academy, and as of 2014, he was the club’s first-choice right-back. His electric pace and technical brilliance made the 27-year-old stand out. However, following a serious knee injury in 2019, he has dropped down the pecking order over the last couple of seasons. Mikel Arteta has seldomly used the Spaniard. He subsequently went out on loan to Real Betis.

Bellerin assisted Real Betis in winning the Copa del Rey during the previous season. The player wants to remain at the Estadio Benito Villamarin permanently. However, Real Betis’ financial issues mean that the operation is very difficult to execute.

It is difficult to see a future for Bellerin at Arsenal. He has had some good times there, but it looks to have come to an end now. Mikel Arteta has since moved on to Takehiro Tomiyasu, with the Japanese international cementing himself as the first choice right-back in North London. 

Ben White can deputise for him, while Cedric Soares remains an emergency option on the bench. As a result, Arsenal will hope to move Bellerin on and generate some funds from a sale. 

Meanwhile, it is no secret that Barcelona are looking to replace right-back Sergino Dest this summer. Xavi Hernandez does not rate the American international and feels like he does not suit his system.

Alternatives To Bellerin

Other candidates on Barcelona’s shortlist are Thomas Meunier of Borussia Dortmund, Diego Dalot of Manchester United and Juan Foyth of Villarreal. However, it would be difficult to move for them because of the costs associated.

Due to the difficulties in signing them, Bellerin has been selected as an alternative. He is currently being seen as a more viable option. His familiarity with Barcelona and their philosophy from his time at the academy is an added bonus for them as well.

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