Spain defender Hector Bellerin has agreed to return to Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal.

The 27-year-old, who played 239 games for the Gunners, will be contracted to his boyhood club until June 2023.

Barca full-back Sergino Dest, reportedly a Manchester United target, has joined Italian side AC Milan on loan for the rest of the season.

Right-back Bellerin, who joined Arsenal from Barca in 2011, spent last season on loan at La Liga side Real Betis.

The defender featured in pre-season but has not played in any of Arsenal’s five Premier League matches.

In a social media post to Arsenal fans, Bellerin said:

“It’s not always been easy being an Arsenal player these past 11 years, but it’s always been an honour to carry the weight of this badge and defend it almost 250 times in front of you all.”