It’s all been plain sailing for Arsenal so far this summer.
The Gunners have made the perfect start by signing Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach in a deal worth £30 million.
And it seems Alvaro Morata could soon follow, with the Spanish striker reportedly interested in a £38 million move to the Emirates Stadium if he’s forced to rejoin Real Madrid.
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Indeed, the future looks bright for Arsene Wenger’s side.
However, Barcelona could be about to spoil the party by pursuing one of their brightest stars this summer.
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According to the Daily Mail, reports in Spain claim the Catalonians will renew interest in Hector Bellerin amidst doubt over Dani Alves’ future.
Barca’s right-back looks set to join Juventus on a free due to a clause in his contract which states he can do so before June 5.
It’s well documented that Bellerin joined Arsenal from Barcelona's academy in 2013, with the Spaniard emerging as one of Europe’s best up-and-coming right-backs since making his Champions League debut against Borussia Dortmund one year later.
Arsenal fans fear, simply, that their Spanish prodigy will emulate what Cesc Fabregas did to the club in 2011, by leaving for Barelona after arriving as an exciting youngster and developing into a world-class star.
But rest assured, where Bellerin’s mindset is concerned, he is perfectly happy in north London.
He said: “I say every year that England is my home now.
“I’ve lived there for many years; my family and my girlfriend are there. I’m very happy so I don’t see myself playing anywhere other than Arsenal."
Bellerin also reflected upon how it felt to face Barcelona in the Champions League at the Camp Nou two months ago.
“How did it feel to play against Barca?” he continued. “For me, Barca was where I grew up since I was tiny, from eight years old.
“My dream when I was at Barca was to play at the Camp Nou and I did - just not wearing the shirt I’d expected when I was little.
“It was something very special and beautiful.”
Looks like he’s staying - or, at least, that’s what he says.
Barcelona should never be underestimated, though, because they always seem to get their man.
So much so that Arsenal have lost no less than eight players to the La Liga giants over the past 20 years: Thomas Vermaelen (2014), Alex Song (2012), Fabregas (2011), Aleksandr Hleb (2008), Thierry Henry (2007), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (2004), Marc Overmars (2000) and Emmanuel Petit (2000).
Conversely, the Gunners have only ever signed one Barcelona player: Alexis Sanchez (£35 million, 2014).
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