A huge revolution is underway at Barcelona over in Catalonia. Ronald Koeman is the new head coach and the Dutchman is adamant on completely revamping an ageing and struggling squad.
This means getting rid of the players that are unwanted and then bringing in fresh blood to rejuvenate the team. One such player that could indeed be on his way out is Nelson Semedo, the Portuguese right-back.
Now, according to the latest report from SPORT’s Albert Roge, Barcelona have already contacted Arsenal for the possible transfer of Hector Bellerin. They were in contact with Edu and have discussed a fee that could reach around €25m (£22.7m).
As of right now, nothing is sealed just yet but if the Catalans can first offload Semedo for a respectable sum, they would then be able to dip their toes into the market and potentially acquire Bellerin himself as a direct replacement.
The same source also confirms Barcelona could be looking into the Premier League to hopefully find a suitor for their right-back outcast. Currently, we don’t know who it might be but the Catalans were previously in contact with Manchester City on that specific matter.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have already contemplated selling their defender and there were previous reports suggesting that would be Mikel Arteta’s way of balancing the books amidst the new arrivals.
With his past heavily linked with Barcelona’s La Masia, it wouldn’t such a huge surprise to see Bellerin make a grand return to Spain in the immediate future.
If Arsenal are truly adamant on balancing the books and believe Bellerin is indeed expendable, then they should be able to get a respectable sum from Barcelona for his signature.
However, the right-back position is not exactly blessed with quality depth so the Gunners have to ensure that they have alternatives and a plan B in place should this transfer really come into fruition.