barcelona transfer targets FA Cup Winner Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin (21) has agreed personal terms with Barcelona and praises Ernesto Valverde As successor…
Bellerin had lost his place in the Arsenal first team but was superb in the FA Cup final against Chelsea
barcelona transfer targets The Spanish who came through the academy La Masia before moving to Arsenal four years ago, is reported to be top of new manager Ernesto Valverde’s right-back wish list.
Barcelona have been forced to use midfielder Sergi Roberto at right-back this season and have made signing an established defender a priority, with Bellerin the most likely candidate.
Barca Coach Valverde wants Bellerin to solve Barca’s problem right-back position
barcelona transfer targets 22 year old Gunner part of Spain’s squad for the Under-21 European Championships, has now welcomed that interest, saying he is ‘happy’ to be linked with a return to Catalonia.
‘It is very nice to hear about the interest from a club like Barca, the club I grew up with from when I was a kid,’ Bellerin told Mundo Deportivo.
‘I do not know anything at the moment. I’m an Arsenal player, but we’ll see what happens.’
Hector only started 27 league games last season, compared to 36 last year
barcelona transfer targets He continued: ‘It’s something you don’t think about when you leave, because you do not know how things are going to go.
‘I was lucky enough to join Arsenal, things have gone well, and now receiving this kind of news from Barca makes me happy, but that does not just depend on me.’
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Bellerin also revealed that he has struggled recently with life in London after his family returned to Barcelona, inviting further speculation that he is keen to return home.
‘I have always been very happy [in London], my family settled over there with me, though now for family reasons they have returned to Barcelona,’ he explained.
‘Now I have a harder time, because I am a very family-orientated person. I depend a lot on them, and it will be a challenge being apart from them.’
Hector Bellerin, who also confirmed that he has yet to hold talks with either Barcelona or Arsenal over a transfer in summer,
briefly fell out of favour under Arsene Wenger but gave an excellent display in the FA Cup final to keep Eden Hazard under wraps.