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Héctor Bellerín knows he is first on Barcelona's summer hit list

Barcelona do not want to waste any time and began planning next season's squad several months ago. The Arsenal defender, who left in 2011, knows about Barça's interest
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Héctor Bellerín.

Barcelona's technical department have been busy planning for next season. Knowing that Luis Enrique won't be sat on the azulgrana bench next term, Barça executives and Technical Secretary Robert Fernández are drawing up the squad for the 2017/18 campaign. One of the chief objectives is Arsenal full-back Héctor Bellerín, the former Barça youth academy player who left La Masía in 2011 to try his luck in London with the Gunners.

Arsenal's Héctor Bellerín in action against Ludogorets
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Arsenal's Héctor Bellerín in action against LudogoretsBEN STANSALLAFP

Bellerín is Barcelona's prime target this summer

The 21-year-old recently renewed his arrangement with Arsenal, amplifying his contract to 2023 and did so under the supervision of his mentor, Arsène Wenger. But the French manager's future is uncertain and recent results suggest that his 21-season tenure at Arsenal could well be coming to an end. In spite of that, Barça know that by signing Bellerín now, they will have the right-back position covered for the next decade, and for that reason the club opened talks with the player's inner circle several months ago.

Bellerín stops Franck Ribery in his tracks
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Bellerín stops Franck Ribery in his tracksHannah McKayREUTERS

Barcelona have contacted Bellerín's representatives

AS understands that Robert recently met up with Bellerín's advisers in London. However, Barça are fully aware of the competition they will face to recover the player. Pep Guardiola has the spending power to lure Bellerín to Manchester City as well as the promise of an attractive sporting project. Bayern Munich are also on the look-out for a right-back as replacement for Philip Lahm who will be retiring from the game at the end of the season.

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