Football transfer rumours: Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerin to Barcelona?


Could Hector Bellerín be off to Catalonia?

Despite speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal, Barcelona or Milan, reports from Italy suggest Lorenzo Insigne is simply playing hard-ball with Napoli and has no intention of leaving the Serie A club any time soon. Reports earlier this week claimed that Arsenal had deployed scouts to Verona last weekend to see the 25-year-old score an absolute purler in his side’s 3-1 win over Chievo at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, but their reports on the striker are likely to be rendered redundant as Insigne has no plans to go anywhere.

Talks between Insigne’s “people” and Napoli’s bean-counters were believed to have reached an impasse over his £80,000-per-week wage demands, but the club chairman, Aurelio De Laurentiis, is now eager to have his star striker ink a new contract containing a hefty release clause. Upon his controversial departure from Napoli for Juventus last summer, former Napoli hero Gonzalo Higuaín claimed that he no longer had any kind of relationship with De Laurentiis, stating, “I couldn’t stand another minute with him.” Losing another fan favourite so quickly might not be a blot the Italian movie mogul necessarily wants on his copybook.

In other bad news for Arsenal, Wednesday’s edition of the Spanish sports daily, Mundo Deportivo, proclaimed that Héctor Bellerin has been identified as the No1 summer target of an increasingly desperate Barcelona. The club’s search for competent full-backs has been well documented and unsuccessful, and now it seems they’ve turned their gaze on a 21-year-old who originally learned his trade in their academy, La Masia, before being spirited away to London by Arsène Wenger.

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