Speculation doing the rounds in the media has pointed towards a potential defender swap deal between Arsenal and Barcelona this summer, which would see Hector Bellerin and Junior Firpo move in opposite directions.
Questions surrounding the future of long-time Gunners star Bellerin have of course taken centre stage in the media this week.
This comes on the back of a report, somewhat out of the blue, suggesting that the Spaniard could finally be on his way out of north London this summer.
As per the reliable reliable James Benge, citing sources close to the player, Bellerin is ‘ready to part ways’ with Arsenal, in search of a new challenge.
French champions PSG – who also expressed an interest in the stopper last summer – in turn, are said to be ready to reignite their pursuit of his services.
Also named as keen on Bellerin were Barcelona, and a pair of clubs in Serie A.
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As such, if, when all is said and done, Arsenal do indeed opt to move forward without their Spanish international star, reinforcements will be required.
Bellerin, despite his flaws, has remained the first-choice right-back in Mikel Arteta’s squad this season, notching starts in all but three of the club’s 25 Premier League fixtures.
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin of Arsenal react after the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on January 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
As outlined above, however, if the latest murmurs in the media are to be believed, then Arteta and co. may in fact opt to use Bellerin’s exit as an opportunity to strengthen their defensive options on the opposite flank.
This comes amid claims that the Gunners remain keen on the services of Barcelona’s Junior Firpo.
Ex-Spanish U21 international Firpo was first tipped for an Emirates switch last month, but opted against departing the Camp Nou following the birth of his son.
As per a report from football.london, though, Arsenal remain keen on the 24-year-old, who is viewed as the ideal backup for Kieran Tierney.
Firpo’s versatility is also highly valued in north London, with the stopper capable of lining out on the right, and in a winger role, too.
Barcelona, meanwhile, have long maintained an interest in luring Bellerin back to Catalunya, meaning a summer swap deal, centering on Firpo and a cash sum heading to the Emirates, could yet be a viable option.