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:
Yeah, we're not selling Bellerin to City. This isn't the Bundesliga pal.
— Manas (@Wojceched) September 20, 2016
Both City and Barcelona want Bellerin all that means is, if we don't win the league he is 200% certain to leave. Back to Jenkinson next year
— Michael (@_Mikeman2013) September 20, 2016
@MirrorFootball Haha. Pep won't still be at City in 2019 which is when Bellerín's contract expires!
— Olivia Landry (@livlan) September 20, 2016
Bellerin is off then. Cool.
— Robin Stanford (@Robinstanford) September 20, 2016
@Arsenal I swear to god if you lot sell bellerin in January I'm done
— Connor Murray (@Cozzieeeee) September 20, 2016
@mirrorfootball Im sure Bellerin will leave if City seriousily come calling
— Einau Francis (@einau_francis) September 20, 2016
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.