Arsenal technical director Edu has held progressive talks with Barcelona about a deal to send Hector Bellerin back to the Spanish club, according to a report.
Bellerin began his youth career at Barca’s La Masia academy before transferring to Arsenal‘s academy in 2011.
And while he has since progressed to become a solid feature for the Gunners, doubts have emerged about his future.
Previous speculation has claimed that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta could sacrifice the Spaniard in order to raise funds. Indeed, Bellerin could be one of five to go, with a £70million boost touted in one report.
Juventus are allegedly keen but, according to Sport, Barcelona have now also formally registered their interest.
The club’s technical department recently held talks with Edu about Bellerin’s availability, with Edu revealing the right-back could leave for between €20million (£18million) and €25million (£22million).
The Spanish newspaper adds, however, that the conversation “did not go on”, with the talks only at an initial stage.
Barcelona’s hunt for Bellerin is not the first time they have tried to re-sign the 25-year-old, the report adds. The Camp Nou club have made their interest known in several previous transfer windows.
However, a deal this time round could be hard to complete given Nelson Semedo’s situation at Barcelona.
Sport adds that “several authorised voices” want the Portuguese full-back out, with Manchester City a possible destination. The report claims Barca were keen to strike a deal in which Eric Garcia and Joao Cancelo moved the other way.
However, with City-linked Lionel Messi confirming he will stay in Spain, the deal for Semedo has fallen through.
As such, Barcelona’s first task – before pressing ahead for Bellerin – will be finding a suitor for their current right-back.
LYON DIRECTOR SPILLS DETAILS OF AOUAR INTEREST
Meanwhile, Lyon sporting director Juninho has revealed his own talks with Edu about Arsenal’s interest in Houssem Aouar.
The French midfielder impressed last season as his side reached the Champions League semi-finals.
Indeed, Arsenal recently offered a swap deal for the 22-year-old involving Matteo Guendouzi, which Juninho has revealed he immediately rejected.