Barcelona aren’t used to be rebuffed by clubs; when they want a player, they get him. Patience is the name of the game and in the case of Hector Bellerin, they may also need the full back to agitate for a move.
The Blaugrana hope to persuade the Gunners to sell by including the unsettled Brazilian, Rafinha, according to Marca (via Daily Mail). The injury-ravaged right-sided midfielder’s swashbuckling style may appeal to Arsenal boss, Arsène Wenger, but the Catalan’s valuation of £26m seems excessive.
After intense speculation in the Spanish media, primarily brought on by the news that his parents were returning to their homeland, the right back tweeted:
Don’t believe everything you read…
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) June 8, 2017
While hardly an emphatic denial of his desire to return to the Catalan capital, it was a pointer that he is no rush to leave the Emirates, despite faltering form last season.
That cumlinated in the visibly shocked Bellerin being abused by Arsenal fans as the Gunners slumped to a humbling 0 – 3 at Crystal Palace. He and the team recovered their poise to take the FA Cup with a thoroughly well-deserved win over Chelsea at Wembley.
According to reports in the Independent, Arsenal are adamant there will be no sale. Barcelona might do well to look back over their previous purchases from the north London club. Bar Marc Overmars, Gio van Bronckhorst and Thierry Henry, they have barely registered as successes.