Barcelona Transfer News: Latest on Hector Bellerin, Neymar Rumours

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2016

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, left, competes for the ball with West Bromwich Albion's Jason McClean during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London, Thursday, April 21, 2016.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Arsenal starlet Hector Bellerin has admitted he's "happy" to hear former club Barcelona are linked with a transfer move for the full-back, while Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is said to have traveled to Ibiza in an attempt to convince Neymar to join Les Parisiens.

Per Metro's Sean Kearns, Dani Alves is said to be on his way to Juventus, and Bellerin has been mentioned as a possible replacement for the Brazilian. Bellerin maintains he's happy with Arsenal and has no intention of returning to Catalunya at this time, but he admits the latest links are flattering:

I don't really get informed about offers.

My agent is the one that works on these sort of things, but I'm happy to receive interest from such great clubs. As a player it's really nice.

Right now I'm very happy where I am, at Arsenal and focusing on the national team.

With these things, you don't know what to do until they arrive.

If Alves leaves they will need a full-back, there are lots in Europe.

The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the best young right-backs in Europe since joining Arsenal, impressing with his remarkable pace and contributions to the passing game.

While he wasn't included in Spain's UEFA Euro 2016 team, Bellerin is widely considered a future great, and someone who already ranks among the Premier League's best full-backs.

Barcelona have few options behind Alves, who has been their choice starter at right-back for years. Sergi Roberto impressed in midfield during the 2015-16 campaign but can play the position, and Aleix Vidal joined the club last season for a reason. The 26-year-old didn't see many opportunities compared to Alves last year, however, and doesn't have the long-term potential someone like Bellerin has.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15:  Hector Bellerin of Arsenal and Idrissa Gueye of Aston Villa compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on May 15, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by
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Arsenal will have no intention of parting with their star defender, and Bellerin has so far pledged his allegiance to the Gunners at every turn. His latest comments sound more diplomatic than a suggestion he would be open to a switch, and while most fans and pundits still expect Bellerin to return to the Camp Nou some day, it may not be in the immediate future.

Meanwhile, Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo (h/t the Sun's Anthony Chapman) reports PSG have "multiple representatives" working on convincing Neymar to join the club, and even president Al-Khelaifi has now traveled to Ibiza, where Neymar is enjoying a vacation.

The report adds Neymar would prefer a stay with the Blaugrana, but Manchester United and PSG are hopeful that Barcelona's current financial issues will impact ongoing contract negotiations, and the Brazil international will opt against signing a new deal.

TOPSHOT - Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar acknowledges the crowd during celebrations at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 23, 2016 following their Spanish 'Copa del Rey' (King's Cup) final football match 2-0 victory over Sevilla FC yesterday a
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Neymar's 2015-16 campaign was filled with highs and lows, as he was simply phenomenal during the first months, taking the team on his shoulders while Lionel Messi was out injured, but faded toward the end.

He still finished with 24 goals and 12 assists in La Liga, explaining why Barcelona are so keen on keeping hold of him. Here's a look at some of his highlights:

PSG are on the lookout for a new superstar with Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to leave the team, but unless Barcelona can't find the funds for a new contract, Neymar is not expected to leave the Camp Nou any time soon.

He's one of the team's biggest, most marketable and youngest stars, and the Blaugrana hope he'll lead the side once Messi starts his inevitable decline. PSG have plenty of cash, and they will be strong suitors if the relationship between Neymar and the Catalans sours, but as of right now, that doesn't appear to be the case.


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