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Report: Manchester City join Barcelona in race for Arsenal full-back transfer

Bellerín is an exciting young player, and Pep Guardiola is looking at him, as well as his former club

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One of the best young players in the Premier League is a target of Pep Guardiola's current and former team.

According to a report from The Mail, Manchester City and Barcelona have made Arsenal right-back Héctor Bellerín their top target and will pursue the player's signing in the January transfer window. The 21-year-old has been fantastic for the Gunners over the last two seasons, and continues to develop into one of the top young full-backs in Europe.

Both teams have strong appeal and are great destinations for Bellerín for different reasons. Starting with Barcelona, they are Bellerín's hometown and the player came through La Masia, Barça's youth system. He was sold to Arsene Wenger's side at age 16, but a lot of people within Barcelona believe the Spaniard will follow the same path as former Gunner Cesc Fàbregas and return to the Catalan giants after a successful spell with Arsenal.

City obviously have Pep Guardiola, and that's a big drawing power right off the bat. Wages are great, Arsenal would make a lot of money on the transfer and the figures would certainly be astronomical. But there is one other factor: Guardiola's assistant and former Gunner Mikel Arteta is one of Bellerín's close friends, and he might help convince the player to reunite with him at the Etihad.

This will definitely go on for a few months, but Bellerín does not look like part of Arsenal for too long anymore.