If one thing about Manchester City’s extravagant spending habits is true, it’s that they love splashing the cash on Arsenal players.
Bacary Sagna and Samir Nasri (and Richard Wright, who somehow rocked up at City ten years after leaving Arsenal), have all swapped the Emirates for the Etihad, and the appointment of Pep Guardiola at City could lead to another big name leaving.
That’s because thanks to Pep’s roots at La Masia, Barcelona’s world famous academy, Hector Bellerin has a long standing admiration for the former Barca manager, potentially helping a transfer bid should City swoop.
And considering Pablo Zabaleta is closing in on a move to Roma, Guardiola could be in the market for a right back before long – and Bellerin would be one of his first choices.
Sagna is now 33 and not getting any younger, so 21-year-old Bellerin would be a long term replacement.
Barcelona were credited with an interest in the Spanish international earlier this summer, but seem to have gone quiet after Bellerin said he was more than happy at Arsenal.
And there’s the cash cost as well, as Bellerin wouldn’t leave the Gunners for anything less than £43m, meaning Barcelona’s financial fair play could be an issue.
But the player is said to be happy that City are showing an interest in him, and a member of the player’s entourage (because players have an entourage now), recently said:
He is happy at Arsenal… but the option of City exists, it pleases him and what’s more, Pep [Guardiola] is there.
It can’t be too long before City could be able to field an entire team of former Arsenal players…