Why a move for Hector Bellerin does not make sense for Barcelona
That includes bringing back the £110,000-a-week Arsenal man who spent his developmental years at La Masia. Sources in Spain have reported that there is already some sort of agreement in place and a transfer fee of £22million has been discussed.
The 25-year-old Spanish right-back who plays for Arsenal. The Spaniard started out his youth career at the famous La Masia academy of Barcelona in 2003. He spent 8 years there before Arsene Wenger brought him to Arsenal.
For 2 years, he was playing with the U-18s and U-21s. He was sent out on loan to Watford in 2013 but couldn’t get a decent run of games. However, it was during the 2014-15 season that Bellerin exploded onto the scene. His ridiculous pace and control took everyone by surprise and he claimed the right-back spot for his own.
Since then, he has made over 200 appearances, scoring 8 goals and assisting 29 (source – Transfermarkt). He also has 4 caps for the Spanish national team.
Barcelona should avoid pursuing Bellerin
While it would seem like a smart signing to bring back a former academy player after he’s matured, Barcelona already have a very good young right-back in their ranks. The club signed Sergino Dest from Ajax in the summer and he has impressed so far.
Bringing in another established right-back would hamper his growth. One needs to remember the club also have Sergi Roberto, who often plays at right-back.. There are also Bellerin’s defensive deficiencies to think about. The Arsenal man can bomb up and down the flank easily but when it comes to his primary duties as a defender, he can often drop the ball. That is hardly something an already fragile Barcelona side can handle.
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That leads us to the last but most important factor. Barcelona need to invest their cash wisely on players in positions of need. A centre-back and striker are of utmost importance. Even if Bellerin costs only £22million, Barcelona would be better off redirecting those funds elsewhere. Bellerin may be a decent player but he is not someone Barca need at the moment.