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Arsenal have been offered the opportunity to sign Brazilian midfielder Rafinha from Barcelona in a deal worth £27m this summer, according to Sky Sports News.
afinha – brother of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara – is a product of Barca’s famous La Masia youth academy and he came through the ranks to break in to the first team set-up in 2014.
However, the 24-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular first team place but despite starting just 14 La Liga games last season the midfielder still manged to chip in with 6 goals and 2 assists.
Due to his lack of action, speculation has suggested that Rafinha may look for a move this summer in search of first team football ahead of the 2018 World Cup and he was non-committal about his future when quizzed last month.
Rafinha is quoted as saying by Sky Sports:
“My future is open and God only knows what will happen.”
Barcelona chiefs have publicly insisted that he wouldn’t be sold this summer but it appears they have a very different stance privately as Sky Sports claim that sources close to the player say the Catalans are ready to cash-in.
The news outlet says Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Rafinha with Barca understood to be willing to do business if an offer in the region of £27m is put on the table.