Reports from Spain suggest that Barcelona are interested in Hector Bellerin as they prepare to sell Emerson Royal (with cheese) to Sp*rs.
The 26 year old began his career with the Catalan giants, before joining Arsenal at 16. He has been keen to depart this summer, and has yet to make an appearance this season due to injury.
However, Barcelona’s financial situation means they are after a loan deal only during this window, so it remains to be seen if an agreement can be found between the clubs.
Meanwhile, Ainsley Maitland-Niles reported move to Everton has broken down after Arsenal decided to turn down the loan offer from the Toffees.
This prompted an Instagram story from the player which made clear his unhappiness with the current situation:
It’s far from ideal, and doesn’t reflect particularly well on all involved. Even if you can understand the player’s frustration, he probably shouldn’t do that, but it sounds like someone at the end of their tether.
From an Arsenal perspective, it’s another unnecessary issue to deal with, and speaks poorly about how things are being run right now.
It’s hard to know how this one is going to play out, but the relationship between Maitland-Niles and the club he’s been at for 15 years appears to be close to broken, and whatever way you want to look at it, that’s sad.