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Barcelona to offer player to Arsenal in swap deal for Hector Bellerin

The Catalan club are looking to bring the defender back to Camp Nou this summer (Picture: Getty)

Barcelona are ready to ramp up their pursuit of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin and are prepared to include a player in a cash-plus-swap deal, according to reports in Spain.

Both Barca and French champions Paris Saint-Germain are interested in luring the right-back away from north London this summer, with the Gunners begrudgingly prepared to cash in.

However, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, the Catalan club are working on a very restricted budget and will have to get creative in order to land Bellerin.

Bellerin came through Barca’s La Masia academy before joining Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Their preferred option is to initially sign the 25-year-old on loan with an obligation to buy him permanently next summer – though Arsenal are very clear that they want a big fee now so they can invest in the transfer market themselves.

If Arsenal are unwilling to agree to a loan, Barca will instead try a permanent transfer but will include a player to lower the overall outlay of the deal.

As things stand, Barcelona would not be able to meet Arsenal’s £25m asking price,…