For a club like Barcelona, riddled with superstars, the Catalan giants certainly have a questionable approach to transfers and it seems Arsenal have finally got fed-up with their shenanigans.
Barcelona had been heavily linked with the services of Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin this summer and it was a case of déjà vu for supporters, who don’t hold fond memories of Barcelona’s approaches to land Cesc Fabregas in previous years.
In the Fabregas pursuit, Barcelona stars spoke out about a move and urged the Spaniard to seal a move to the Nou Camp – even placing a Barcelona jersey on him during celebrations after winning the 2008 European Championships.
Barcelona’s Bellerin pursuit this time around wasn’t quite as public as their successful quest to land Fabregas but they were still a little bit naughty – as if you looked up the definition of tapping-up in the transfer market, you’d find a picture of Barcelona.
Scenes when Barcelona apologise for tapping up Bellerin 😂 https://t.co/FlPjTDvc1E
— Tosin (@TosinAFC) June 7, 2017
Arsenal, understandably, got annoyed in the market and The Daily Mail indicates Barcelona have ended their pursuit of Bellerin after being handed a stern warning from the Gunners in a letter – essentially the football equivalent of threatening to tell the teacher.
It seems to have worked, though, with Barcelona setting their sights elsewhere and set to land Nelson Semedo in a £30m deal from Benfica, but it is a little rich from the Gunners as nobody is guilt-free of tapping-up in the modern market.
All it takes is a flick through the back pages to see reports indicating that players like Thomas Lemar are ‘keen’ on a move to Arsenal, with the Gunners ‘confident’ of landing their man. With Monaco not approving any talks yet, Arsenal can certainly be assumed to have tapped-up the 21-year-old.
The situation is the same with clubs across Europe and the world, with tapping-up being a blanket rule that is never really enforced. Fortunately for Arsenal, though, their slap on Barcelona’s wrists has gone down a treat and the signing of Semedo may mean the Catalans never return for Bellerin.