Barcelona considering Hector Bellerin as Juan Foyth alternative

Bellerin is likely to leave Arsenal
Bellerin is likely to leave Arsenal / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages

Barcelona could move for Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin if they are unable to land Juan Foyth in the final days of the summer transfer window, 90min understands.

Head coach Xavi is keen to bring in reinforcements at right-back, repeatedly insisting that current option Sergino Dest has been 'made aware' of his plans.

Summer signing Jules Kounde started at right-back in Sunday's 4-0 win against Real Valladolid, while Ousmane Dembele has been used as a wing-back already this season.

90min reported earlier on Tuesday that Dest is now a target for Manchester United, and Barça want to sign cover regardless of whether the American stays or goes.

They have been heavily courting former Tottenham defender Foyth, who is also capable of playing at centre-back and in defensive midfield, in recent weeks but have failed to reach an agreement with Villarreal.

With so little time left in the window, Barcelona could turn their attentions to Bellerin, who has been deemed surplus to requirements at Arsenal.

The Gunners are looking to sell Bellerin but Barcelona have enquired about an initial loan instead. There's also a possibility of him leaving the Emirates Stadium for free.

If moves for Foyth and Bellerin both fail, Thomas Meunier of Borussia Dortmund is also under consideration, but Barça believe a deal for either of the former two would be easier.

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Bellerin, who left Barça's La Masia academy as a 16-year-old, spent the 2021/22 season on loan at La Liga side Real Betis.

Born and raised in Barcelona, he has been capped four times by Spain but has not featured for La Roja since 2020.

The 27-year-old has won three FA Cups with Arsenal and was named in the 2015/16 PFA Team of the Season, but his career has been dented by several injury problems, notably reducing his trademark pace and acceleration.