Barcelona ‘consider a transfer for Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin to replace Emerson Royal’, with the Spaniard looking to leave the Emirates before the transfer deadline
- Barcelona reportedly considering transfer for Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin
- The Catalans are ready to lose right-back Emerson Royal to Tottenham
- Bellerin wants to leave the Gunners before the end of the window
- Ronald Koeman wants to replace Brazilian and can move to Bellerin
Barcelona are reportedly considering a transfer for Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin to replace Emerson Royal, who are tied to Tottenham.
Spurs have agreed a £25.7m fee for the Brazilian with the cash-strapped Catalans and hope to push through a deal before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
Emerson’s departure leaves Ronald Koeman with few options as a right-back, with only Sergino Dest and Oscar Minguez to choose from as Sergi Roberto is used in the middle of midfield.
Barcelona reportedly considering transfer for Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin
The Catalans will lose Emerson Royal (left) to Tottenham, leaving Ronald Koeman (right) out of options
Minguez also had to fill in as centre-back, meaning Dest is currently the main right-back.
According to Sky Sports ItalyBarca are considering a possible late transfer for Bellerin – who wants to leave Arsenal before the window closes.
Bellerin was on the bench for the Gunners’ defeat to Brentford on the opening day of the season but was left out of the squad in the last two Premier League games.
According to reports earlier this month, Spaniard Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu have made it clear that he wants to leave the club this summer and is frustrated by the club’s unwillingness to sell him.
The Spaniard wants to leave the Gunners before the end of Tuesday’s transfer window
Inter Milan are said to be interested in loaning the 26-year-old with an option to buy, but the Gunners reportedly wanted a £15million upfront payment.
Bellerin, who has played 239 games for Arsenal, is under contract until 2023.
Arteta played Calum Chambers as right-back against Brentford, but Cedric Soares was used there in the last two games.
Nuno Tavares, who was taken over from Benfica earlier this summer, is primarily a left-back but can also fill in on the right.