Barcelona could make an effort to re-sign Hector Bellerin from Arsenal depending on the outcome of their presidential election, according to reports.
Bellerin previously spent eight years in Barcelona’s academy before joining Arsenal in 2011. After making his senior debut two years later, he has been with the club ever since.
However, his time at the Emirates Stadium may be coming to an end. Joan Laporta, one of the candidates to become the next Barcelona president, wants him back at Camp Nou.
According to the Mirror, Laporta will try to sign Bellerin next summer if he is elected president.
Laporta previously held the role until 2010, and now could return to the Barca hierarchy. If he does, Bellerin will be one of his priorities.
There is talk of a £22m bid, although they would have to wait until next summer, rather than in January. Bellerin does not want to leave Arsenal, where he is vice-captain, midway through the season.
However, there is more optimism of a deal happening at the end of the season. In fact, Laporta may already have a preliminary agreement with Bellerin’s camp.
Bellerin would be open to returning to Barcelona, his hometown club, despite his contract with Arsenal still running until 2023.
The right-back has started 12 Premier League games so far this season, contributing two assists.
Bellerin believes in Arteta
Despite the rumours of a move away, Bellerin remains an important player under his former teammate Mikel Arteta.
The manager is coming under increasing pressure as Arsenal slide towards the relegation zone. But earlier this month, Bellerin defended his compatriot.
“So unjust. So unjust,” the full-back replied when asked by beIN Sports about speculation of Arteta being sacked.
“We have to, as players, take responsibility for this because I think we all know that Mikel and his coaching team give us all the tools that we need to win all the games.
“When you lose a game it’s always very easy to blame the coach. But also when the coach gives us the tools we have to be the ones to step up.”