Arsenal can expect to hear from Barcelona in the coming days.
Arsenal and Barcelona have an interesting transfer history, to say the least. The Catalans seem to have a thing for signing the Gunners’ captains, as it has happened with Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry and Thomas Vermaelen.
Well, now that Ronald Koeman is at the helm for Barcelona, he is reminiscing his days of being an EPL manager and there are a few players that stick out in his mind. The full-back Hector Bellerin, who he has only ever managed against, he seems to be a fan of.
Of course, the Barcelona academy is familiar with Bellerin since this is where he spent a large part of his youth career before making the move to Arsenal. The Spaniard has always spoken highly of his boyhood club, leaving many to wonder whether a move back could be on the horizon.
According to a new report from Marca, Barcelona are prepared to enter talks with Arsenal over a potential loan move.
Of course, this leaves the Gunners with the ball in their court. They are not exactly forced to send out Hector Bellerin on loan as they have no real reason to. Unless of course, they’ve had discussions behind the scenes about Bellerin wanting to leave, but this would be big news if so since he seems rather content and happy in North London.
Bellerin is a big contributor to Mikel Arteta‘s system. As the Spanish manager likes his full-backs to press forward and play with a high velocity, Bellerin is perfect for this. He is one of the speediest players in England and it’s very rare to see a winger get the better of him in terms of pace.
Bellerin was a key factor to Arsenal’s EPL win last season and there aren’t many that can play in his position. Kieran Tierney prefers to play on the left-hand side and Ainsley Maitland-Niles has made it very clear his favoured position is in the midfield. That said, it seems nonsensical to send Bellerin out on loan.
Do you think Arsenal will keep Hector Bellerin?