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Barcelona have seemingly confirmed Rafinha is set to leave the club this summer after revealing new signing Nelson Semedo will wear the midfielder’s No.12 shirt during the club’s tour of the USA.

Semedo was signed from Benfica last week as Barcelona’s new right-back and is so far the only signing made by the Spanish giants.

The Catalans confirmed the squad numbers their players will wear for the coming pre-season trip to America, and while there are no big number changes Semedo’s shirt was revealed to be the no.12.

Barcelona fans will recall that Rafinha wore that shirt number last season for the La Liga club but it appears the Brazilian has had the top taken from him.

Furthermore the 24-year-old’s absence from Barcelona’s squad appears to confirm recent reports that Rafinha has been offered the chance to move to Arsenal, and that deal is set to happen.

The midfielder’s move to the Emirates now seems a real possibility with new Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde appearing to be not keen on Rafinha.

Rafinha played 18 times for Barcelona in La Liga last season, scoring six goals, but he only played the full 90 minutes on six occasions.



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