Arsenal lining up deal for Bellerin amid Barcelona reports

Arsenal are claimed to be preparing a new contract for Hector Bellerin, who has is claimed to be of interest to Barcelona at present.

The Catalan giants are expected to see Dani Alves quit the club this summer and move to Juventus, which will leave them with only Aleix Vidal as a recognised right-back in the squad.

Barcelona’s sporting director recently played down a move to sign Bellerin, but did so in a coy way, by praising the defender and claiming he would have to be given a priority due to his knowledge of the club’s playing style.

He said: “To know how to play in Barcelona defensively is very difficult.

“You have to give importance to these players.”

Fernandez also described our right-back as a ‘fantastic player’, and it reeks of similar stuff to that which saw Cesc Fabregas return to Spain back in 2011.

We are not keen on losing our flourishing right-back after helping him progress into the player that he is today, and are lining up an improved contract to tie him to the club beyond his current deal.

Bellerin signed a new contract only last summer, but following another great season, which ended with him earning a place in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, he is more than worthy of improved terms.

The Spanish international is tied to the club until 2019 currently, but he is not amongst the highest earners at Arsenal, despite being one of the first names on the team sheet.

Do you think Bellerin will push for a return to Barcelona in the future? Could his recent call-up to the Spain team reduce the urge to return?

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  1. Wilshegz says:

    Arsenal should insert a 100m pound-buy out clause into his contract to fend off clubs…. this is what Barcelona did to the likes of Pedro etc

    1. jonm says:

      No buyout clause is best. If it does not exist then nothing can trigger it.

      1. muda says:

        If it does not exist then you are giving them a chance to keep bidding constantly, £100m +add ons I said.

  2. angryblackman3 says:

    100 gazillion million pounds I think you mean!

  3. jonm says:

    Bellerin is Barcelona born and bred. Growing up in barcelona as a very young footballer he must have dreamed of playing for Barcelona.

    If the opportunity of playing for Barcelona comes his way it will be a big pull on his emotions.

    He says he is happy at arsenal, regards england as his home and has achieved his ambition of playing at the nou camp.

    I think he will stay at arsenal for a few more years but then if the opportunity arises to return to barcelona he will probably go.

    It would help to keep him if every year we were seriously challenging for the PL title to the end of the season, and occassionally winning it. Beating top european teams over two legs would help, particularly beating Barcelona.

  4. ger burke says:

    if hector is allowed leave then it will be a massive disaster. he is our best young player by a distance , and on him rests the future of our club.however ,if barca do call then it would be very hard for the player to resist , he is spanish , he is top class , but most importantly , he is a winner . so i dont know if he sees us being a winning club. intresting summer ahead i fear .

    1. jonm says:

      Not just spanish, he is actually from barcelona

  5. atid says:

    Never insert a buy out clause in a players contract. That is like a red rag to a bull.

    If Bellerin wants to return to Barca then so be it, we need players that want to give their all for THE arsenal so far hectoring has shown exactly that, has been rewarded for it and should be rewarded again for another outstanding year as should any player.

    Especially this season, when there is more money being earned by the club than ever before, the players and in my eyes the supporters should all benefit from the new rise in income.

    1. Wilshegz says:

      not if the ‘red rag’ is 100million pounds.. that says “u see it, but you can’t get it”.
      it ll take a crazy club to activate a 100million release clause for a defender n if that club exists we make freaking 100million to sign RBs even better n keep a large chunk of the money.

      1. jonm says:

        If there is no buyout clause then the amount is infinity

  6. atid says:

    OT: I want to see the club make a real Statement to its loyal season ticket holders, in the form of cold hard cash. How about a cash back offer for loyalty or a review of the 3 grade match system?

    I get that spurs, Chelsea, city, United are big games. Keep them at grade A, keep home semi finals as grade a too. I think all champions league matches should be a b grade along with west ham, Liverpool and the new champions. But the rest should all be grade c, fa cup included. League cup should be kept as it is. But the club should increase the cup tie credits on the tickets to 8 or 9.

  7. sylvainwiltord says:

    Tie him down to a 6 year deal,4 years down the line Suarez messi iniesta etc will not be there therefore barce will hopefully not be the force they have been for 10years (hopefully) nothing stays the same forever as Man Utd have found out.might not be so appealing then for bellerin. With all the money in England you’d think it will be the place to be when messi ronaldo Suarez are retired. Man Utd had scholes giggs beckham etc now they don’t ,barce have/had Xavi iniesta puyol messi etc and sooner rather than later they won’t! ?

  8. Midkemma says:

    We have to match his ambition if we want to keep him, he may be happy now and for the next couple years while he gains his experience but once he has experienced top level football long enough then will he want to stay?

    Random though but could our young def look like this next season? Chambers and Holding done well for England and we have been tracking holding a lot…

    Bellerin, Chambers, Holding(?), Rodriguez(?)

    a bit more immediate… say 18-24 months…

    Bellerin, Koulibaly(?), Gabriel, Rodriguez(?)

    If we get someone like Koulibaly then it could see the end of Per at Arsenal… He has said he would be happy to go back to where he started so maybe Arsenal are doing a lot behind the scenes.

  9. jonm says:

    The main issue as I see it is that we have an owner who is not “involved” to win championships. Much as we may criticise and dislike the sugar daddy clubs, we know that abramovich is “involved” to win things. Manc owners sack managers who win the PL but do not do well enough in the CL.

    At Arsenal top four is the target, will bellerin and others be happy with this or will they want to move on, as RVP did.

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