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Bellerin 'nears Arsenal exit', buys house in Barcelona

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 19/06/2017

Bellerin 'nears Arsenal exit', buys house in Barcelona

Barcelona summer target and Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin has fuelled speculation he could be heading back to Spain after reportedly buying a house in Barcelona.

The 22-year-old signed a new long-term deal at the Emirates last season to ward off interest from Manchester City and the Catalan giants, who Bellerin left to move to London as a 16-year-old.

Spanish outlet SPORT as per The Sun claim Bellerin has bought a property on the Catalan coast and that his parents who moved with him to London are set to move in.

Reports suggest the defender is keen on a return to Barca, with new boss Ernesto Valverde looking to add another full-back to his ranks.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will be desperate to hold on to his first choice right-back despite a dip in form towards the end of last season. The defender was dropped and replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the Frenchman switched to a 3-5-2 formation.

Bellerin is currently with Spain Under-21s at the European Championships and featured in their 5-0 win over Macedonia on Saturday. After the win he was asked about his future, but refused to discuss a possible summer switch to Spain.

Bellerin said:”I am totally focused on the Under-21 team and I do not think about anything beyond the European Championships.”

Worrying for Wenger will be claims by Barca midfielder Denis Suarez, who is currently with Bellerin as part of Spain's Under-21's squad, suggesting the defender is torn about his next career move.

Suarez told Mundo Deportivo: "I have spoken with Bellerin and on the one hand he wants to come back to Barca, but on the other he feels tied to Arsenal, I wish he could come."

Meanwhile, Bellerin has vowed to pledge £50 to the victims of the Greenfell Tower fire for every minute he plays in Poland this summer.