Gun­ners, Barca be­gin ne­go­ti­a­tions on Bel­lerin

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Arse­nal and Barcelona have met to dis­cuss the trans­fer of right-back Hec­tor Bel­lerin, ac­cord­ing to re­ports in Spain.

The 21-year-old has been heav­ily linked with a re­turn to his home­town club, and the front page of Span­ish pa­per Sport has re­vealed that they are in ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Bel­lerin was plucked from Barcelona’s academy by Arsene Wenger in 2011 at the age of 16, but could be set for a sen­sa­tional £35m re­turn to the Nou Camp.

The front page states: “Barcelona have met with Arse­nal to plan his trans­fer, which is a pri­or­ity.

“Blau­grana are sure that the trans­fer could reach £35m due to the in­ter­est of other teams.”

Bel­lerin has emerged as a key player un­der Wenger since break­ing into the first-team dur­ing the 2014-15 sea­son.

The Spa­niard made his full in­ter­na­tional de­but in May 2016 and was an un­used mem­ber of their Euro 2016 squad.

He signed a long-term deal in Novem­ber of last year to keep him at the Emi­rates Sta­dium un­til 2022. Daily Mail

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