It’s been confirmed that Dani Alves will be leaving Barcelona this summer and is set to join Juventus.
Why would this matter to us Arsenal fans? Well with the Brazilian off to Italy, the Catalan club will be looking for a suitable replacement, and Hector Bellerin is reportedly their first-choice right-back.
Bellerin has been linked with a move back to Barcelona, prior to news of Alves departing this summer, following his rapid and impressive rise to the Arsenal first-team last season.
However, Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez claims he knows nothing of any bids for the former La Masia product, despite his high appraisal of the full-back.
This is what he said on the matter:
‘Hector Bellerín? I’m not planning anything.
‘He is a fantastic player but I’m not planning any situation.’
Sounds good, doesn’t it? But what do you expect him to say when asked about the potential transfer of Bellerin, ‘Oh yes, we are very interested in signing him as a replacement for Alves’, of course not! He is keeping very coy on the matter, and I don’t expect this to be the last we hear of this possible move.
The worst bit about it all is that Bellerin has recently admitted his happiness of being linked back to the Nou Camp. With that said, however, the Spain international has also said the same about staying at Arsenal – so who knows what to believe at this moment in time.
Arsene Wenger will be very reluctant to sell the speedy right-back to any club, let alone Barcelona. Subsequently, Arsenal fans will also be angered should the club decide to reap the financial rewards of his potential sale. But it can happen. This is what’s worrying. Regardless of what anyone says, the idea of playing regularly for a club in Barcelona’s stature, with the likes of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, among others, would be very tempting for a young talent like Bellerin to turn down. And it’s for this reason alone why Arsenal may struggle to keep hold of him this summer. Hopefully, he remains a Gooner for the upcoming season.