Barcelona are set to revive their interest in Hector Bellerín after Spain’s involvement in the U21 European Championships final this weekend.
That is according to reports in Spain’s Mundo Deportivo, who claim that Barca will begin their strategy to persuade Arsenal into changing their mind and selling the defender.
Bellerín, who signed a six-year contract extension last November, has been heavily linked with a return to Spain in recent months. He is believed to be one of Barca’s main transfer targets this summer and this is despite Arsenal’s stance repeatedly stressing the fact that the 22-year-old is not for sale.
However the Gunners’ eagerness to avoid selling a prized asset has not deterred Barcelona from continuing in their pursuit of the youngster. We reported the story earlier this week that the La Liga giants had apparently given Arsenal a ten-day deadline before they would withdraw their interest.
Yesterday, it emerged they have a four-man shortlist to target if they are unsuccessful in attempts to sign Bellerín. But they are hoping that after Spain’s U21 European Championship final against Germany on Friday is out of the way, they’ll re-emerge and try to persuade him to make the return to Catalonia.
Bellerín has featured on all but one of Spain’s U21 fixtures to date in this summer’s competition and is expected to start the final too. After the tournament, he’ll have a decision to make when Barcelona revive their interest.