David Anderson writes that City are hopeful of exploiting the uncertainty in Bellerin’s future, with a new contract still not signed. Arsenal, for their part, are adamant that Bellerin is going nowhere, and will reject all advances from City and Barcelona.
The added complication for Arsenal is that Barca’s vice-president has been talking Bellerin, and dropping some unsubtle hints that he is their main target at right-back after all.
“We’ve already seen him as a Cule,” Jordi Mestre told Spanish newspaper Sport. “He’s a great player, there’s no doubt about that.
“Wenger convinced him to move and promised him something, which we couldn’t. We could not promise him that within two years he would be playing in Dani Alves’ place.
“In many cases it’s good that they leave to develop as players and then return. Look at the cases of Cesc, Pique, Alba and Denis Suarez.”
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