Dani Alves’ nearly-completed move from Barcelona to Juventus has the potential to impact on Arsenal.
The La Liga outfit allegedly want to replace the Brazilian with Hector Bellerin, with The Independent reporting that this is the case.
This speculation certainly has legitimacy when you consider that the 21-year-old is from the Catalan city.
Indeed, he started his youth career with Barca and the Spanish champions have a history of bringing exiled youngsters back into the fold.
Cesc Fabregas was a long-term target before he returned from the Gunners in 2011, while Gerard Pique spent four years at Manchester United in between his time at La Masia and a transfer back to the Nou Camp.
Outside of the Premier League, Jordi Alba was in the Blaugrana’s academy prior to making his name at Valencia, while Aleix Vidal is another squad member who also spent time away.
That would leave Arsene Wenger the unenviable task of replacing someone who only missed two Premier League matches this term.
Even more worryingly, they collected a single point in the two that he sat out, even though both were at the Emirates, whereas his contribution in the other 36 was enough to see him voted into the PFA Team of the Year.
Obviously, Bellerin would be a big loss, but he is not irreplaceable and there is someone currently plying their trade at Sevilla that would be a tailor-made replacement.
Mariano is first choice at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium and fans of Liverpool will tell you how dangerous he can be, with the Brazilian setting up the equaliser in the Europa League final and causing a lot of criticism to be aimed at Alberto Moreno.
Furthermore, Los Rojiblancos have earned a reputation as an unrivalled full back finishing school.
Alves, the first to fall in this domino effect of transfers, made his name in Seville, while Vidal and Moreno, who at one time was pursued by Real Madrid before his recent decline, shows Los Nervionenses are the club to raid when looking for players in this position.