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Would Bellerín be a good option for Barcelona?

Arsenal's right-back was elected in the Premier League Best XI

Would Bellerín be a good option for Barcelona?
Would Bellerín be a good option for Barcelona?

Arsenal's right-back was elected in the Premier League Best XI

Bellerín & Neymar
Bellerín & Neymar

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Barça are a very powerful club, really efficient at producing young talents. So much that it is common to see some of them spread across the world and make their career out of Catalonia. It is the case of the still very young Hector Bellerín, who left Barça a few years ago to join Arsenal and finish his formation there. Since, he learnt English and speaks it fluently, just like he totally merged with the Gunners' philosphy, and the English style of play. He has done so well this season that he has been chosen in the Premier League's best XI, in the right-back position, being one of the three players (with Dimitri Payet from West Ham and David De Gea from Manchester United) that are not from Leicester nor Tottenham.

Arsenal's season seemed promising until the Gunners lost ground on the surprising Leicester, still leaders of the Premier League only 4 games from the end of the season. Since, Arsène Wenger's men have struggled to keep their third position, challenged by Pellegrini's Manchester City. Another year without the main trophy (it has now been 12 years since the season of the Invincibles and the last Arsenal's Premier League title) and another crucial summer transfer window ahead. If Alexis Sanchez and Mesur Özil have shown their interest to stay one more season at least, some younger prospects could be tempted by an experience outside the Emirates Stadium. Especially if some big names come around.

No official link has been made between Bellerín and Barça, but given the Blaugranas' situation, the young Gunner's profile doesn't seem inappropriate. Even more so when we know that Dani Alves could leave this summer and that his direct replacement, Aleix Vidal, is having a hard time finding enough motivation to keep his position as a substitute. In that case, the arrival of another right-back could be a smart move from Barça's part, and Bellerín an option of choice.

Having spent a few years in La Masia, and used to the passing game and attacking features of any Barcelona's full-back, as it is also a trait of Arsène Wenger's philosophy, he would probably adapt really quickly to Barça's game. Moreover, he has the experience, having featured in the last two editions of the Champion's League (11 games), and having accumulated over 50 games in the Premier League. If Aleix Vidal doesn't seize the opportunity Luis Enrique gave him, their might be some room for another Spanish young right-back. Time will tell.