These could be nervous times for the Arsenal supporting punters in the Transfer Tavern. Though the club look like pushing on at long last, there’s little they can do when a certain Spanish giant comes calling.
Luckily for them, it hasn’t happened just yet.
As reported by the Evening Standard, Barcelona are yet to formalise their interest in Hector Bellerin despite the impending departure of stalwart Dani Alves.
In many ways, the Spanish speedster represents the natural heir to the brilliant Brazilian, having progressed through their infamous La Masia academy.
He had previously been linked with a move back to the Camp Nou, in a situation akin to that of Cesc Fabregas’ in 2011, a battle the Gunners ultimately lost.
However, Blaugrana sporting director Robert Fernandez has so far denied making an approach for the 21-year old, though does admit the Catalan giants retain an interest in the La Roja starlet.
“I haven’t raised [Bellerin] at this point,” he said.
“He’s a fantastic player who we know because he grew up here but at this time I’m not raising anything in this regard.”
Is it essential that Arsenal keep a hold of Bellerin next season?