By Alex Taylor

Manchester City have identified Hector Bellerin as a key transfer target – and Arsenal fans have had a mixed reaction the news on Twitter.

The Mail claim that the Gunners right-back is being lined up in the January transfer window by the Premier League leaders.

Both City and La Liga giants Barcelona have identified the 21-year-old as a key long-term target for their respective clubs.

It is believed that City may have the edge over Barca in a potential deal having appointed Bellerin’s close friend Mikel Arteta to their coaching staff in July.

Supporters on social media were divided, some fans refused to believe the deal will ever happen while others thought the youngster would eventually leave Arsenal .

Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:

Bellerin has been in contract talks with Arsenal for months but has yet to extend the four-year deal he signed in 2015.

The former Watford loanee has developed into of the best right-backs in England since taking advantage of an injury to Mathieu Debuchy in December 2014.

The defender is contracted to the north London outfit until the summer of 2019 but could be tempted by the thought of linking-up with former Barcelona coach Pep Guadiola.

Bellerin has played 122 career matches scoring eight goals and providing 15 assists.

In other Arsenal transfer news, Mesut Ozil broke his own passing record for a single Premier League fixture as he completed 104 passes during the Gunners 4-1 win over Hull on Saturday afternoon.