Barcelona enter race to sign wantaway Hector Bellerin

Bellerin: I left Arsenal to win things with Real Betis

Barcelona have joined Real Betis in the race to sign wantaway Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin this summer, according to The Sun.

The Spain international was deemed surplus to requirements under manager Mikel Arteta last term, and was subsequently loaned out to Betis for the 2021/22 campaign.

Bellerin fared more than decently for the La Liga outfit with five assists from 32 outings. One of those came in the Copa del Rey final triumph over Valencia in April.

Betis are obviously keen on re-signing Bellerin on a permanent basis, but they are only willing to do so if he is released from his Gunners contract of £110,000-a-week.

It is now reported that Bellerin’s former club Barcelona are also keeping tabs on him. The Catalan giants are eyeing his free transfer after missing out on Cesar Azpilicueta.

Bellerin currently has less than a year left on his £5.7m annual contract, and The Sun report that he is willing to accept termination without any kind of compensation.

Both Betis and Barcelona are prepared to play the waiting game as they believe the Gunners will release him before the transfer window closes on September 1.

Arsenal should release Bellerin with immediate effect

Bellerin does not feature in the plans of Arteta anymore. Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Cedric Soares are all ahead of him in the pecking order for a starting position.

The Gunners would ideally want to recoup a transfer fee from his exit, but as things stand, there is not any club that is willing to pay a nominal fee for the 27-year-old.

His wages are obviously the prime concern for many teams. Hence, termination of his deal could be the right solution, particularly if Bellerin is willing to leave for nothing.

Betis have been in pole position to re-sign Bellerin for a while, but Barcelona could yet have a big say as they are a more lucrative option than the Seville-based outfit.

While Bellerin will need to accept a pay-cut wherever he joins, Barcelona would be an ideal destination for him if he is prioritising a good salary and a signing-on fee.

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