Manchester City are losing hope of signing Arsenal right-back Héctor Bellerin according to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
City made an attempt to lure the 22-year-old away from Arsenal last summer and Ferran Soriano had talks with Arsenal chiefs, but despite murmurs that Bellerin was keen on the idea of playing for Pep, Arsenal wouldn’t budge and Guardiola was denied his favoured right-back option.
@City_Watch I'm told Arsenal's response to City's approach for Bellerin consisted of two words – and the second one was off….
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) September 19, 2016
Since then, a new attempt to sign Bellerin has been suggested, but the growing interest of his former club, FC Barcelona, complicates things for the Blues. Barça have made their former academy player a priority, but even for them, Mundo Deportivo describes any deal as having a ‘high degree of difficulty’ since he could cost €50 million or more.
For City, it may be near impossible, even with the presence of Mikel Arteta, one of Guardiola’s assistants and a man Bellerin has been very close to for a long time. Arsenal would prefer not to sell Bellerin to a rival if they really must lose him, and it is reported that City are now moving away from this idea and are looking at other options.
The likes of Cédric Soares (Southampton), Sead Kolašinac (Schalke 04), Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen) and Dani Alves (Juventus) have been mooted as possible summer targets, with both current right-backs, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna, out of contract in June and at least one, possibly even both, heading for the exit.
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