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Arsenal flyer leads in five-strong Barca right-back roll call

| 10.10.2016

Barcelona right-back Aleix Vidal’s Camp Nou career looks over after reportedly telling teammates he is seeking a new situation, having turned out just twice for the Catalan giants so far this season.

Liverpool are thought to be interested in the one-cap Spaniard, who only made his Barca debut last January after signing from Sevilla the previous summer, when boss Luis Enrique was banned from registering new players under a FIFA sanction.

Nominal midfielder Sergi Roberto has taken the 27-year-old’s place in defence, but Spanish sports paper Marca believes sporting director Robert Fernandez is tracking as many as five players who could take over from Vidal full-time.

Two of them – Juventus’ Stephan Lichtsteiner and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Darijo Srna – make little sense as potential targets, as the former is the younger of the pair at 32-years-old.

By contrast, none of Valencia’s Joao Cancelo, Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich or Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin – the other three men mentioned by Marca – have so much as reached their 23rd birthdays.

Bellerin appears to be the ‘flavour of the month’ among football’s wealthy elite, with Manchester City – a club that nabbed Arsenal full-backs Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy in recent years – thought to be readying a bid in excess of £40m for the 21-year-old when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

Should he decide to leave north London, Bellerin could be torn between a return to his hometown team – where he spent eight years in the youth ranks before moving to England in 2011 – and working under Barca hero Pep Guardiola at City.

The Gunners are hoping to stave off such advances by offering Bellerin a new contract alongside fellow youngster Alex Iwobi, who only put pen to paper on a fresh deal six months ago.

Arsenal are 11/10 to beat Swansea to nil in their next Premier League fixture.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Iain Houten

Iain has been contributing pieces to various websites on an array of subjects, including sports, politics and art, for over four years. Despite blue being his favourite colour, the teams he supports all wear red.