Arsene Wenger has been a long time admirer of Rafinha, the younger brother of Thiago Alcantara. And he may have a realistic chance to sign him as Barcelona are open to sell him.
The 24 year old Brazil international has featured 28 times last term for the Catalan giants and is prepared to look for new adventures. He is currently recovering from a knee injury and hasn’t travelled with the team for their pre season tour. According to Sky Sources the midfielder will be allowed to leave Camp Nou if the club gets some appropriate suitors, Arsenal is obviously one of them. The Catalan side will accept any bid over 25 million pounds for the midfielder and Wenger may well be looking to land the promising talent.
When asked about his future last month, Rafinha said: “My future is open and God only knows what will happen.” This was followed by Barcelona president who told that club won’t sell him. But new sources have emerged and they depict that there is a strong chance that Rafinha may leave.
Arsenal, though are not short of midfielder themselves but may loose Jack Wilshere this summer and as Cazorla is at the wrong end of his career, Arsene Wenger will be looking to land the young midfielder at the Emirates. Gunners have already signed two players this season, as left back Sead Kolasinac has arrived from Schalke and Alexandre Lacazette was also recruited from Lyon in a club record transfer amount.
But Rafinha may still have a role to play at Arsenal as Xhaka is yet to adapt to the Premier League properly and both Ramsey and Coquelin have been inconsistent. The Brazilian scored 7 goals last term and can play at various positions, from central midfield to wing back, so this versatility may tempt the veteran Frenchman to sign him up.
The Gunners have won all their pre season friendlies so far and will play Chelsea today at the Bird’s Nest ground in Beijing.