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Arsenal full-back lined up for Barcelona return

Arsenal’s emerging full-back Hector Bellerin could be on his way to Barcelona in the summer, should the Catalan club lose Dani Alves when the Brazilian’s contract expires, reports the Metro.

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The 20-year-old has taken advantage of the injury to Mathieu Debuchy, and poor form of Calum Chambers, to establish himself as a first-team contender at the Emirates this season. The Spaniard has made nine starts and three substitute appearances for the Gunners, and appears to be enjoying life working under Arsene Wenger.

Bellerin had a disastrous debut by all accounts, with the Gunners’ right flank a clear area of weakness against Borussia Dortmund during the 2-0 UEFA Champions League loss in September. Dortmund left winger Kevin Grosskreutz grabbed both assists for the goals, and Bellerin appeared to have a long way to go before he was afforded another first team opportunity.

However, due to the injury crisis Arsenal faced in defence in autumn, the young right back was granted more chances to impress – at least by default – and has demonstrated enough potential to attract interest from Barcelona.

If the Spanish giants were to come in with an offer, it may prove difficult for Bellerin to reject. While he is being used frequently at the moment, he has two big-money signings also vying for his position, and may struggle to hold down the place in the future.

Perhaps more importantly, Bellerin is a former member of the Barcelona academy, having been signed up as an eight-year-old, and another chance to prosper at the Nou Camp may prove too irresistible for the youngster.

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