Arsenal’s star defender Hector Bellerin is set to reject Arsenal’s bumper new contract offer amid Barcelona interest.
The 21-year-old Spaniard signed for Arsenal from Barcelona’s famous youth academy La Masia in 2011 and signed his first professional contract in 2013.
Arsene Wenger played a huge role in shaping Bellerin’s career when he arrived at Arsenal from Barcelona at the age of 16 in 2011 and the Gunners boss paved a platform for him to develop after including him in the first-team in 2014.
Bellerin has since established himself in Arsene Wenger’s first-team and become one of the best right-back in Europe.
The Spain international still has 3-years left on his current contract, but with Barcelona hovering over to sign the player, Arsenal are gearing up to tie him to a new 5-year contract.
Barcelona are now without their star right-back Dani Alves, who joined Serie A side Juventus this summer on a free transfer, and now it is believed that the Catalans are keen on roping in Bellerin as his replacement.
However, Bellerin has recently stated he wants to win trophies, and Arsenal’s big money spending’s this summer and a good start to the campaign might just convince him to stay at the club.
Arsenal are reported to have made up their mind to go all guns blazing to keep hold of their star defender. According to FootTheBall sources, the Gunners are set to give Bellerin a huge pay-rise, which will make him one of the best paid player not just at the Emirates Stadium but in the Premier League.
Arsenal are also hoping to tie star midfield duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to new contracts, as their current contracts expire in 2018.