Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin leads Barcelona’s wish list to replace Dani Alves, who looks set for Juventus on a free transfer.
It emerged on Wednesday that Alves was free to leave Camp Nou before June 5 due to a special clause in his contract and the player himself had raised doubts over his continuation at the club.
Mundo Deportivo reports Barca considering options to replace Alves and Arsenal’s Spanish right-back Bellerin is top of the agenda. Indeed, Barca technical director Robert Fernandez is alleged to have spoken to Bellerin a month ago.
Bellerin was on Barca’s books between 2003 and 2011 and left as a 16-year-old for the Emirates Stadium, but is said to maintain a good relationship with some of the coaches he encountered at La Masia.
He isn’t Barca’s only consideration to fill the looming vacancy, however, as Joao Cancelo of Valencia, Sevilla’s Mariano and Juve’s own Juan Cuadrado are also mentioned as possibilities when Alves’ hefty wage is cleared from the books.