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Arsenal have agreed to meet officials from Barcelona in order to hold talks over a potential move for full-back Hector Bellerin, according to Sport.
The Spanish sports newspaper claim that the Gunners are willing to engage with the Spanish side following a conversation between the player and manager Arsene Wenger which has convinced the club to hold preliminary talks.
They report that the Catalan giants will make their first official bid for the 22-year-old at this meeting, with a fee of £26million (€30million) suggested.
However, this is unlikely to convince the Gunners to sell up, with the Mirror reporting that Wenger’s side will not let Bellerin depart the club for any less than £35million.
Previous reports have claimed that the player had already agreed personal terms with Barcelona, but this appears to be the first time that the two sides will have sat down to discuss a deal or that an official bid will be have been made.
Bellerin has established himself as a first team star at the Emirates despite his age, and has gone on to make 115 games across all competitions for the North London side.
Last season saw him firmly rooted as Wenger’s number one right-back, with the likes of Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy not getting a look in, as he made 42 appearances in both the league and cup competitions.
He also has three caps for the Spanish national side, as well as 14 appearances for the U21 team.