After being linked with him in the summer transfer window, The Mail claim that Manchester City will try again to bring Héctor Bellerín to The Etihad.
City were heavily linked with the Spaniard before Pablo Zabaleta decided to stay in Manchester, rather than accepting one of his offers from Italy.
Arsenal would be extremely reluctant to let their first choice right-back leave in January, and so the summer is seen as the more likely time for a transfer. Furthermore, Arsenal would not let Bellerín leave on the cheap, or without a fight.
@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
Both City and Barcelona believe that they have a very good chance of signing Bellerín, with both holding strong emotional ties to the La Masia product.
Barcelona’s ties to Bellerín are obvious; he was born in Barcelona, came through the club’s famed youth academy, and spent the first 16 years of his life there.
City’s ties are less obvious, but just as strong. It is said that Bellerín would jump at the chance to work with Pep Guardiola, while he has an incredibly strong relationship with his former Arsenal team-mate, Mikel Arteta, who is now a coach at City.
‘Mikel and his wife adopted me when I arrived,’ said Bellerin, in an interview given to The Mail in May. ‘I was a kid and he has been like a father to me.’
The right-back position will surely be one of Txiki Begiristain’s priorities over the next 6-12 months, with both Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta moving further into their 30’s. Signing Bellerín would undoubtedly solve that problem for years to come.