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Arsenal star Hector Bellerin will NOT be joining Barcelona this summer, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague insists.
Bellerin has been linked with a return to Barca for several years and the La Liga champions are on the lookout for reinforcements this summer.
But Balague believes the Spaniard won’t be heading to the Nou Camp any time soon.
He told Sky Sports: “Hector Bellerin is too expensive.
“They want a left-back and also a right-back but the Arsenal star is too expensive.
“The problem with Barcelona, and considering the way that they are not renewing the contract of Sergio Busquets as quickly as the player would like, is the wage bill is too high.
“The wage list is so big that they need to reduce it. If they sell about eight players they could manage it. Then they could make the move for Antoine Griezmann.
“They also need to sign a midfielder and a left-back and those will be the two positions they target. World class? I’m not sure they have the money for that.”
Bellerin recently rubbished claims he could leave Arsenal this summer.
The 23-year-old said: “I don’t know what to say – football always changes. I’m so happy here.
“This has been my home for seven years. I sound like a Londoner, my friends are from London – it’s the place I want to be right now.
“In the future, you never know. Obviously, I grew up in Barcelona, and when I watch them play I want them to win.
“The team are always going to be in my heart.”