Earlier this week it looked likely that Barcelona had missed out on Arsenal full back Hector Bellerin.
According to the British newspaper The Independent: ‘Arsenal are set to hand Hector Bellerin an improved five-year contract in an attempt to keep him out of the clutches of potential suitors Barcelona and Manchester City.
During the summer Barcelona were regularly linked with a move for Bellerin.
The rumours began in June, when it was known that Dani Alves would leave Camp Nou.
Various reports, especially the media in Britain, thought that Bellerin was the clear number one choice for Barcelona.
His pace and his style of play at English Premier League side Arsenal, made him an obvious candidate.
But as the summer transfer window rolled on and Barcelona signed numerous players in every other position, it appeared that Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique wasn’t actually looking for an immediate replacement for Dani Alves at all, content in the thought that he had both Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal to cover the position.
But Spanish newspaper Sport believe that Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has given up on Aleix Vidal and is in search for a new right back alongside Roberto.
Last month the same newspaper reported ‘The chance to sign him [Bellerin] exists but it should be completed in the next few weeks.’
It now appears that chance has now passed with Arsenal officials already alerting ‘Bellerin`s representatives to negotiations and are expected to open talks after the current international break.
This has left Barcelona to move on to other targets with Radio Valencia reporting that Barcelona have opened talks with Valencia regarding Portuguese full-back Joao Cancelo.
Sport have also picked up on the interest and have reported that ‘Aleix Vidal could be involved in a swap deal’.
If Barcelona were to bring Cancelo to Camp Nou he would be the third player to join from Valencia recently following Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer.
The report added: ‘On Sunday Robert Fernandez was at the Mestalla to watch Valencia and Atletico Madrid. His eyes were fixed on Joao Cancelo’.
However it has previously been reported that Barcelona sporting director was at the Vicente Calderon for Atletico Madrid’s UEFA Champions League victory over Bayern Munich and was watching striker Yannick Carrasco, so could well have just been watching him for a second time.