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Hector Bellerin return to Spain taking shape as Barcelona enter the fray to sign wantaway Arsenal star

Hector Bellerin taking a throw in

Barcelona are reportedly looking to sign Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin following their unsuccessful pursuit of Cesar Azpilicueta.

Barcelona have had a busy transfer window, having made five permanent acquisitions so far. Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Robert Lewandowski, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen have all made their way to Camp Nou.

Indeed, Xavi will want to reinstate his side as one of the biggest teams in Europe and fresh faces should help with that.

In addition to those who have already come through the door at Barcelona, they have set their sights on a number of other stars. Chelsea skipper Azpilicueta has been linked with a move to the Spanish giants for some time.

However, a new contract with the Blues stopped any potential move in its tracks. There is still potential for a new right-back to walk through Barca’s door, though.

Indeed, it is a position that could do with strengthening following Dani Alves’ departure. Sergino Dest is the only genuine right-back at the club, and he started just 23 games last season.

As such, Barcelona are hopeful that they will be able to snare Arsenal ace Bellerin, per Mundo Deportivo. The Spaniard spent last season on loan with Real Betis.

Recent reports have stated that he is keen on cancelling his contract at the Emirates in order to return to Spain.

Indeed, he would have wanted to do so in order to make his way back to Betis.

However, given Barcelona have thrown their hat in the ring, he may see that as an opportunity that is too good to pass up.

Bellerin move appropriate for all parties

Should Bellerin’s contract be cancelled, giving him the opportunity to move to Barcelona, it appears an appropriate move for all involved.

The only slight issue would be that Arsenal would not generate a fee for one of their players. However, it seems he is surplus to requirements at the Emirates – the Gunners finished fifth last season without him.

What’s more, they began this term without a right-back in the side altogether. Indeed, centre-back Ben White covered on the right side of the defence in Takehiro Tomiyasu’s absence.

Barcelona are clearly keen on improving their defence, having already signed two centre-backs in this window. Adding Bellerin – a player who won the Copa del Rey last season – to the back-line seems like a good move.