Bellerin battle set to erupt
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Manchester City and Barcelona are trying to lure Hector Bellerin away from Arsenal before the Gunners tie him down to a long-term deal.
Reports have again claimed City will try to take the Spanish right-back to The Etihad.
City were heavily linked with Bellerin over the summer before Pablo Zabaleta decided to reject offers from Serie A and remain for one more campaign in Manchester.
Arsenal do not want to let the ex-Barcelona talent go and told City not to waste their time, but Pep Guardiola's persistence and the presence of Mikel Arteta on the City staff now could make the difference.
Bellerin has a strong relationship with his former Arsenal team-mate Arteta, now a coach at City, who took him under his wing when he arrived in London as a teenager.
Barcelona are also keen to take the La Masia graduate back to the Camp Nou, but are aware time is running out before Arsenal tie him down to a new contract.