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Barcelona set to bid for Hector Bellerin

Barcelona are preparing a £50million bid for Hector Bellerin after new boss Ernesto Valverde gave the move the thumbs up, according to reports.

Barcelona are preparing a £50million bid for Hector Bellerin

Bellerin, 21, is from Catalonia and was at Barca before moving to the Emirates and moving up the ranks to become the Gunners first-choice right-back.

And Spanish publication Sport are suggesting that Valverde has given the OK for a deal to be done for the Spaniard.

The Catalan giants were thought to have stolen a march on Manchester United in pursuit of Benfica right-back Nelson Smedo.

But Marca say that the Blaugrana have now pulled out of the race after the Portuguese club demanded too much for the 23-year-old.

Benfica have slapped a £48million price tag on Semedo’s head.

And that could force Barca to step up their attempts to prise Bellerin back from Arsenal.

Bellerin was a long-term target of former boss Luis Enrique.

But he is yet to agitate for a move away from the Emirates out of loyalty to Arsene Wenger.

Bellerin signed a new six-year deal worth £100,000 a week in November.


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