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Arsenal still Keeps trace of Barca’s Forgotten Rafinha


It’s not quite Philippe Coutinho, but Barcelona midfielder Rafinha could be one option for Arsenal this summer – as a report has claimed the Gunners are keeping tabs on the Brazilian.

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Mikel Arteta’s side are preparing for a tumultuous and uncertain summer, but despite their obvious budgetary constraints and the further complications of the coronavirus crisis, they remain keen to strengthen their midfield when the transfer window reopens.

At Barcelona, meanwhile, the priority seems to be moving players on in order to raise some cash. The Catalan giants are seemingly dead set on a move for Inter’s Lautaro Martinez, apparently undeterred by the widely reported €111m release clause the Italian side are demanding – while that long-awaited move for Neymar has never been too far away from the headlines.


Barca have some financial problems of their own, so if they are to complete either of those deals, it’s likely a fair wedge of the outlay will have to be generated in the transfer market. Which brings us to Rafinha, who Mundo Deportivo say is one of several players the club are planning to offload.

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The 27-year-old is something of a forgotten man; after coming through the youth ranks at the Spanish champions, he once showed exceptional promise, but has struggled to make the jump into becoming a first-team regular. He has spent this season out on loan at Celta de Vigo, where, again, he has flattered to deceive.

Celta, it’s said, maintain a €16m option to buy, but MD reckon his long-term future could lie elsewhere – either in Italy or the Premier League.

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It’s claimed that Arsenal and Inter are both keen, with the Italian side perhaps having the edge after the player enjoyed a productive loan spell at San Siro during the tail end of the 2017/18 campaign.

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Whether Rafinha could be used as a pawn in any potential bid for Martinez remains to be seen, but he is not one of the players the Spanish outlet do not list him as an option on that front; naming only Arthur Melo and Junior Firpo as having been offered to Inter.

The report also claims that Jean-Clair Tobido, currently on loan at Schalke, is attracting interest from Everton, but that an offer is yet to be made. That conflicts with reports from the Mail this week which claimed the Toffees had made an ‘ultimatum’ offer of £22m.


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Arsenal eyes Barcelona’s ‘RAFINHA’


Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, according to reports in Spain.

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The Brazilian, 27, is currently on loan at fellow Spanish side Celta Vigo and could be available on the market for around £13million.

And Mundo Deportivo believe that the Gunners are one of three European teams looking to prize him away from the Camp Nou this year.

The same publications says the La Liga giants are reportedly looking to offload several of their stars this summer due to financial strains caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Only captain Lionel Messi and goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen are guaranteed of a spot in the Barcelona squad for the 2020-21 season, with the rest of the playing squad up for auction.

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This means Rafinha, who has made 22 league appearances and scored twice for Celta so far this season, is likely to be moved on when the transfer window reopens in Europe.

According to Mundo, Arsenal stand in good stead to make a deal with Barcelona for Rafinha due to good contacts between the Catalan club and the Arsenal board.

The Gunners have former Barcelona director Raul Sanllehi as their Head of Football Operations which increases the chances of successful negotiations between the two parties.

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Celta Vigo have the option to buy the Brazilian international for £13million once his loan deal expires, but Inter Milan, as well as the Gunners, are keen on Rafinha’s signature.

The Serie A club could be boosted by Barcelona’s interest in their Argentinian forward Lautaro Martinez, with Rafinha being discussed as the subject of a player-plus-cash deal from the Catalan club for the striker.

Rafinha spent the second-half of the 2017/18 season at the San Siro but the Italian giants turned down the opportunity to sign the Brazilian on a permament deal for €35million.

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Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal could be targeting a new midfielder later this year with the future of on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos clouded in serious doubt.

The Gunners are set to return to competitive action in June when the Premier League kicks off again after being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Their first game back is set to be a visit to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on June 17.


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