Speculation has emerged that Rafinha could be about to switch the Nou Camp for the Emirates. The 24-year-old has made 78 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona, but Sky Sports are reporting that he has been offered to Arsenal for a transfer fee of €30 million (27 million euros).
Barcelona are well stocked in the central midfield department and as such, the Brazilian now seems to be surplus to requirements at the Catalan giants. Wenger’s love for an attacking midfielder is well known and he is looking to strengthen his squad after missing out on qualification for the Champions League.
What would he bring?
Despite not being a mainstay of the starting XI, Rafinha had established himself as a valuable member of the squad and contributed six goals in 18 La Liga appearances last term – a season’s best for him in a Barcelona shirt. He represented Spain at youth level but switched allegiances to Brazil, the country of his birth, for whom he has two caps.
He represented Spain at youth level but switched allegiances to Brazil, the country of his birth, for whom he has two caps.
Rafinha is a creative player who likes to dictate play. He is capable of beating opposing players and as well as having an eye for goal. He also has the vision to unlock defences. The 24-year-old’s playing style would suit Arsenal.
With Jack Wilshere’s future at the club uncertain, according to the Telegraph, the Barcelona man could be the ideal replacement and also provide competition for Aaron Ramsey, who arguably has failed to kick on in the past couple of years.
On paper, Rafinha and Arsenal appear to be a good fit and he would certainly strengthen the Gunners’ attacking options. However, Wenger is still believed to be keen on landing Thomas Lemar from Monaco, as latest reports in the Mirror suggest. However, the Ligue 1 outfit are driving a hard bargain, and he may not feel that signing both is feasible.
Remember, Wenger – a reluctant spender – has already splashed out on more than £45 million on striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.