English Premier League (EPL) giant Arsenal will have a tough time convincing Hector Bellerin to stay as La Liga giant Barcelona are interested in signing the player. The Catalan club has made the Spaniard their No. 1 target to replace current right-back Aleix Vidal.
Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez and manager Luis Enrique have unanimously decided that Bellerin ticks all the boxes of a Nou Camp right-back. The player has been set as the primary transfer target for the near future, as reported by Tomas Andreu of Sport.
“There is total unanimity that Bellerin is the perfect candidate. At 21 he shows maturity and ideal skill-sets to fit into Barcelona’s system. For his age and his potential he’s considered the No 1 in his bracket.” Andrey said in his article.
Barcelona lost their long-time right-back Dani Alves in the recently concluded summer transfer window to Juventus. Vidal, who was trusted with the responsibility of carrying on Alves’ legacy have failed so far to convince with his poor performances. This is specifically highlighted by Diana Kristinne of Group 14 on Twitter.
Aleix Vidal continues to be disappointing and this is an issue because Sergi Roberto won't be able to play every game.
— Diana Kristinne (@DianaKristinne) September 11, 2016
Bellerin has been one of the best players in the Premier League in his own position. The player was even selected in last year’s PFA Team of the Year. He has exceptional speed and is involved in a lot in his team’s gameplay.
Aside from his incredible speed with the ball, Bellerin has also scored one goal and delivered eight assists in all competitions for Arsenal last season. He also possesses some amazing dribbling skills.
Hector Bellerin completed 17 take-ons in the Champions League last season, more than any other U23 player. pic.twitter.com/cqko6Vou5V
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 13, 2016
The man from Barcelona, Spain is not alien to the philosophy and playing style of the Catalan giants. He spent eight years as a youth product in the famous La Masia academy. Hence, he will fit straight into the club’s playing style if captured.
However, the player is extremely important in the Arsenal setup and the Gunners won’t let him go easily. Manager Arsene Wenger is trying to settle on a new deal with the right-back by October, this year.
Meanwhile, if Barcelona is unable to acquire the Arsenal stalwart, they will shift their focus to Joao Cancelo of Valencia and Darijo Srna of Shakhtar Donetsk, as reported by AS (h/t Football Espana)
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