Barcelona are said to be considering a January bid for Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin as they seek a long-term replacement for Dani Alves, the Mirror report.
The Spanish youngster initially started his career at Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy before following in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas and joining the Gunners as a 16-year-old.
This season, owing to a pretty intense injury crisis in North London, Bellerin has been afforded his chance to shine in the first-team and has not looked back since with a number of outstanding performances.
Making headlines as the Gunners’ quickest player in their squad, the 20-year-old has shown to have both excellent attacking and defensive capabilities during his 12 Premier League starts.
With the Catalans currently in the midst of a transfer ban, they can’t make any signings until next January but that hasn’t stopped them reportedly identifying the Gunners ace as their ideal Dani Alves replacement.
“Ander Herrera and Hector Bellerin have emerged as targets for Barcelona - whose transfer embargo is lifted in January,” the report in Mirror headlines.
The report goes on to say that Bellerin has been added to the list of right-backs the Catalans are tracking and with Dani Alves out of contract this summer, plans are now being taking into consideration.
The North Londoners have plenty of transfer history with the la Liga giants as Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song and Thomas Vermaelen have all moved to the Nou Camp from the Emirates in recent years.
Bellerin is a Barcelona-born star and the links are hardly surprising given his progress under boss Arsene Wenger, but there remains question marks over his current deal in North London.
As per reports from HITC sources earlier this week, he is said to be close to extending his current contract which expires in 2017 but if Barcelona intensify their interest that could soon put a halt to proceedings.