Barca want Chelsea star if they can’t sign Arsenal defender


Barcelona still don’t know who they will have in charge next season, but the club’s hierarchy are already starting their transfer business for them.

Luis Enrique may be on his way out, but he will testify that his replacement desperately needs to sign a new right-back.

Dani Alves has never been properly replaced since he left for Juventus last summer, and Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal have not convinced down that flank.

According to Spanish publication Sport, Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin is being targeted by the Blaugrana, but they have also identified a number of back-up options.


They include Bayer Leverkusen’s Benjamin Henrichs, though he is inexperienced and is yet to consistently prove himself at the highest level.

However, a more realistic option may be Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta. The Spain international is versatile and can also play at centre-back, which could also make him a possible replacement for Javier Mascherano.

The 27-year-old is arguably one of the Premier League’s most underrated players, but his exploits in the Blues’ title charge have not gone unnoticed at the Nou Camp.

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