Hector Bellerin is flying to Spain to complete a move to Barcelona as Xavi looks to make his seventh signing of the summer before the window slams shut.
Barcelona have already added free agents Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie to their ranks, while they have signed Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde for a combined 150m.
They are now looking to sign Marcos Alonso as part of the deal that will see Chelsea take Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Stamford Bridge on deadline day.
Bellerin will become no.7, with reports claiming that Arsenal have agreed to forego the final year of the Spaniard’s contract, in return for which Hector Bellerin will agree not to accept the final years’ worth of his Arsenal salary.
As a result, he will join the Spanish side on a free transfer, though English reports claim that the Gunners will have a sell-on fee for the Spaniard should he follow Aubameyang’s path and be sold on.
One-year deal, massive wage cut
That sell-on fee could be redundant, however, with the Spaniard reportedly set to pen a one year contract at the Camp Nou with no option for an extension, though for course a new contract could be agreed.
He is also set to take a massive wage cut, with Fabrizio Romano claiming that he will reduce his current salary by more than 20%, and will come in as a replacement for Sergino Dest, who is joining AC Milan on an initial loan deal, with an option to buy the American for 20m euros.
Despite being linked with Real Betis for much of the summer, it seems as though Bellerin is set to join a different Spanish side in the coming hours.