Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Hector Bellerin on a free transfer from Arsenal. The right-back reportedly terminated his contract with the Gunners, where he had a year left. Bellerin signed a one-year deal at the Camp Nou as he will soon be presented as a Blaugrana player. The Hector Bellerin saga is finally over, as the right-back re-signs with boyhood club Barcelona. The Spanish full-back returns to the Camp Nou 11 years after departing their academy.
Bellerin and his representatives have been discussing the contract termination with Arsenal since the beginning of August but got nowhere near finding a solution. With the clock on the transfer window winding down, the Gunners were keen to save on his wages and were open to cancelling his contract. As deadline day began, Betis were out of the picture, but Barcelona entered the frame to sign Bellerin. Talks progressed well throughout the day as Barcelona agreed with the right-back over a deal at Camp Nou.
Initial reports from the likes of David Ornstein insisted Arsenal had not terminated his contract but allowed him to join Barcelona on a free transfer. The official statement from the Blaugrana contradicts the same, while there’s no mention of a reported sell-on clause reportedly inserted by the Gunners. Arsenal legend Ian Wright has lauded the move, claiming it was a smart one to make.