Hector Bellerin’s £50million Arsenal exit moved closer last night after it was claimed he has agreed terms to join Barcelona.
The Spanish giants have stepped up their pursuit of the Gunners defender this summer after missing out on him last year.
And according to reports in Spain, the 22-year-old right-back has now finalised his personal terms about a move to the Nou Camp.
Radio station RAC1 now say Bellerin will hold talks with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger this week in an effort to ease through his move back to the club he played for as a schoolboy.
Now Barcelona will have to agree a transfer fee with the Gunners, with the Premier League club demanding £50m.
The Gunners are in a strong position to hold out for a big figure with Bellerin tied down to a long-term contract in North London.
But an agreement between the two clubs is now likely, especially as the player himself is pushing for a move back to Spain.
Bellerin admitted yesterday that his family have already made the move back to his homeland, and that he feels he needs to be playing Champions League football to further his career.
He said: “The truth is that every player of a top level wants to play in the Champions League, especially when I’ve been playing in it for two years.
“It’s a great thing to know about the interest of a club like Barca, the club where I grew up. I don’t know anything at the moment. I’m an Arsenal player and we’ll see what happens.
“It’s always been very good in London, my family settled there with me, although now, for family reasons, they have had to return to Barcelona.
“I have a tougher time now because I’m a family person, I depend on them a lot, and it’ll be a new challenge to be without them.”
Barca have decided to target Bellerin after failing a year ago to persuade Arsenal to do business.
Since then the right-back position has become a problem area for the club, who lost out to Real Madrid in the fight to win La Liga last season.
They had also been in the race to sign Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo, but decided to pull out of any deal after the Portuguese club demanded £48m.
That left Bellerin as the only other viable target, and new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is understood to have given the go-ahead for the club’s bosses to do a deal with Arsenal.
Arsenal players sold to Barcelona
Marc Overmars – July 2000: £25m
Emmanuel Petit – July 2000: £5m
Giovanni van Bronckhorst – August 2003: Free
Thierry Henry – June 2007: £16.1m
Aleksandr Hleb – July 2008: £11.8m
Cesc Fabregas – August 2011: £30m
Alex Song – August 2012: £15m
Thomas Vermaelen – August 2014: £15m