Hector Bellerin’s preferred destination remains Real Betis, despite all the recent speculation linking him to Barcelona, according to a report.

Real Betis' Spanish defender Hector Bellerin cries as he gestures to supporters at the end of the Spanish league football match between Real Betis and Granada FC at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville, on May 15, 2022. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)
Real Betis’ Spanish defender Hector Bellerin cries as he gestures to supporters at the end of the Spanish league football match between Real Betis and Granada FC at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville, on May 15, 2022. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

The Evening Standard report that Arsenal are working on finding a new club for Hector Bellerin before the transfer window closes, and Bellerin’s preferred destination remains a return to Real Betis.

After spending the last season on loan with Betis, the right-back is hoping to go back to the La Liga side on a permanent basis. But there’s no agreement between Betis and Arsenal at this stage.

Bellerin has been increasingly linked with Barcelona in the last week. Spanish journalists have suggested he’s open to rejoining the club he played for as a youth, with Barcelona planning to make an offer at the end of the window.

Gerard Romero claims any Barcelona move for Bellerin would be a free transfer, and he’d receive a net salary of €5m.

Romero had previously claimed there’s a growing feeling that Arsenal defender Bellerin will join Barcelona in the final days of the window, with the chances of a move increasing.

Yet back in England, it seems a transfer to Betis is still viewed as the most likely option.

NUREMBERG, GERMANY: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal is challenged by Christoph Daferner and Johannes Geis of 1. FC Nuernberg during the pre-season friendly match between 1. FC Nürnberg and Arsenal F.C. at Max-Morlock-Stadion on July 08, 2022. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
NUREMBERG, GERMANY: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal is challenged by Christoph Daferner and Johannes Geis of 1. FC Nuernberg during the pre-season friendly match between 1. FC Nürnberg and Arsenal F.C. at Max-Morlock-Stadion on July 08, 2022. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Either way, reports suggest neither of the Spanish teams are actually willing to pay a transfer fee for Bellerin.

They both want a free transfer, which is why they’ve held off on making a move for so long, looking to weaken Arsenal’s negotiating position.

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