Barcelona are ‘considering a move for Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin
Barcelona are reportedly considering a move for Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin as a replacement for Tottenham-bound Emerson Royal.
Spurs have agreed a £25.7million fee for the Brazilian with the cash-strapped Catalans and are hopeful of pushing through a deal before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
Emerson’s departure leaves Ronald Koeman short of options at right back, with just Sergino Dest and Oscar Minguez to choose from due to Sergi Roberto being used in the center of midfield.
Minguez has also had to fill in at center back, meaning Dest is the main right back at present.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Barca are considering a potential late move for Bellerin – who is looking to leave Arsenal before the window shuts.
Bellerin was on the bench for the Gunners’ defeat by Brentford on the opening day of the season but was left out of the squad for the last two Premier League fixtures.
Reports earlier this month said the Spaniard has made it clear to Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu that he wants to leave the club this summer and is frustrated by the club’s unwillingess to sell him.
Inter Milan were said to be interested in signing the 26-year-old on loan with an option to buy but the Gunners reportedly wanted a £15m fee up front.
Bellerin, who has made 239 appearances for Arsenal, is under contract until 2023.
Arteta has played Calum Chambers at right back against Brentford but Cedric Soares has been used there in the last two games.
Nuno Tavares, who was signed from Benfica earlier in the summer, is primarily a left back but can also fill in on the right.