Barcelona could offer Arsenal swap deal for Hector Bellerin if first bid snubbed

Barcelona could reportedly offer Arsenal a swap deal as they look to sign Gunners ace Hector Bellerin this summer.

Arsenal are believed to be willing to listen to offers for Spanish right-back Bellerin though will not accept less than £27m.

Bellerin joined the Gunners from Barcelona in 2011 though has struggled with injuries in recent months.

PSG and Juventus are also interested in the 25-year-old with Arsenal signing Cedric Soares’ permanently in the full-back slot.

Marca claim Barcelona have identified Bellerin as a replacement for Nelson Semedo with the Nou Camp outfit planning for the Portugal international’s exit.

It’s reported that Barca want to take Bellerin on a loan deal, paying all of his wages, though there is recognition that Mikel Arteta may reject that idea.

And should that be the case, Marca add that Barca will try to sign Bellerin on a permanent transfer, and would include one of their own players as part of the deal.

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Arsenal icon Kevin Campbell believes his former side should allow Bellerin to depart north London.

“Arsenal will need to box clever in the transfer market and could sell Bellerin to free up funds,” said Campbell.

“Arsenal now have Cedric, a Portuguese international who knows the Premier League well and is a very good full-back.

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"They’ve also got [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles who is also very good on both flanks.

“So, Bellerin is the type of player that it wouldn't be the end of the world to cash in on because I don’t think it necessarily weakens Arsenal. But the money has to be right.”

Arsenal begin the Premier League season this weekend as they face Fulham on Saturday lunchtime.

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