With several reports today claiming that Tottenham Hotspur are very close to signing Emerson Royal from Barcelona, it now looks like the Camp Nou side already have a target to replace him.
A couple of outlets now say that the Catalan club are looking to sign Hector Bellerin from Arsenal in the final days of the transfer window.
The first to report it was Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio. Following his story about Royal, he claimed that the Gunners’ right-back is now a ‘strong’ name for Barcelona.
Then it was Mundo Deportivo who came up to confirm the news.
The outlet writes that Barcelona see Bellerin as the ‘number one’ target for Ronald Koeman to have another alternative for that position.It’s not said how much the club would offer for the Spaniard, but it’s claimed to be a loan with an option to buy.
The 26-year-old, who was many times linked with a move to Italy this summer, has a contract with the Gunners running until 2023.