Arsenal ready to sell Hector Bellerin?
Premier League giants Arsenal could accept the surprise sale of Hector Bellerin in the summer with former club Barcelona hot on the trail of his services.
The 22-year-old is regarded as one of the most promising right-backs in the English top flight after having graduated through the Gunners' youth system.
Bellerin has made the right-back position his own over the past few seasons, and this earned him a new long-term deal on wages worth £100,000-a-week back in November.
But, in spite of this, Barca have maintained their interest in the La Masia student with the right-back position in need of sufficient strengthening ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
According to Transfermarketweb, the Gunners could part ways with Bellerin in the summer with Barca willing to match their valuation of around £42m.
It is added that Barca's pursuit of the full-back is dependent on the future of Lionel Messi, who is said to want the signing of Bellerin as part of his contractual demand.
Barcelona have lacked the presence of a tireless right-back since Dani Alves departed for Juventus last summer, and Bellerin has been earmarked as the perfect fit owing to a similar style of play as at Camp Nou.
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger appears to have earmarked a suitable replacement with a move for Atletico Madrid's Sime Vrsaljko planned this summer.