Barcelona’s business with Atletico Madrid for the sale of Memphis Depay for €3 million plus one million in variables was a relief for the former. The team, struggling to cope with a difficult financial situation, brought in revenue from a player whose contract was set to expire at the end of the season.
As it turns out, the Blaugrana could look to perform a similar operation with a certain Hector Bellerin. The Spanish right-back, 27, joined Barcelona in September 2022 after the team failed to rope in Cesar Azpilicueta from Chelsea.
The full-back signed a one-year contract with Barça and Arsenal retained 25% of a future transfer fee. Over the course of his brief tenure, it has been established that he is not really a good fit for the team.
Despite being a natural right-back, the 27-year-old is way down the pecking order. In fact, manager Xavi has mostly preferred to use central defenders Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde in his position.
Although his last appearance came against Ceuta in Barcelona’s most recent outing, the fact that he has featured a mere seven times across all competitions this season explains where he stands in Xavi’s plans.
However, as reported by Esport3, despite knowing that Xavi does not rely on his services, Bellerin has no intention of leaving Barcelona in the winter transfer market, meaning that he is ready to settle for the secondary role.
In this context, the aforementioned outlet also claims that moving back to Real Betis is one option, but the La Liga team already has the position covered. The most realistic option is that of moving to the English Premier League, with Fulham said to have shown interest.
At this moment, Arsenal’s Cedric Soares is their prime target, but if the signing of the Portuguese does not materialize, they will eventually chase Bellerin.
However, as things stand, Bellerin does not have any intention of leaving the club and returning to the Premier League. To that end, he has already rejected an offer from Everton, and is unlikely to respond positively to any approach from Fulham.