… AS HE TAR­GETS BELLERIN

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

HECTOR BELLERIN has been linked with a switch to Manch­ester City next sum­mer af­ter ru­mours emerged that the Arse­nal right­back is con­sid­er­ing a move away from north Lon­don. Al­though Arse­nal have re­port­edly of­fered the player a new five-year deal that would al­most dou­ble his pay packet of £50,000-a-week, The Times has claimed that the Spa­niard is thought to be con­tem­plat­ing join­ing Pep Guardi­ola at the Eti­had Sta­dium. The pair crossed paths dur­ing Bellerin’s time with the Cata­lans’ La Ma­sia set-up and the de­fender is al­legedly keen to be re­united with his revered com­pa­triot. At 21 years of age, Bellerin would make a welcome ad­di­tion to Guardi­ola’s de­fence. Pablo Za­baleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy will have turned 32, 34 and 32 re­spec­tively by the start of the next sea­son. De­spite their years of ser­vice, their time at City is un­doubt­edly com­ing to an end. Nonethe­less, City face quite the chal­lenge in bring­ing the de­fender to the Eti­had. Bellerin has two-and-a-half years left on his cur­rent deal and Arsene Wenger has made it clear that none of his big-name play­ers will be al­lowed to leave the club. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Barcelona are also in­ter­ested in bring­ing the Arse­nal player back to the Nou Camp, hav­ing sold him to Wenger in 2011.

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