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Arsenal cause problem in Inter Milan’s move for Rafinha

Premier League side Arsenal have made a late attempt to sign Rafinha, who looked set to swap Barcelona for Inter Milan.

The Brazilian international damaged his knee ligaments last season in the 4-1 win over Granada and has not featured for the current La Liga leaders since April.

Having undergone various recovery methods, the youngster was deemed fully fit early in December but as expected – playing time is now hard to come by due to the form of Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic and Paulinho.

Having scored eight goals last season under former boss Luis Enrique, it was expected that he would be given a chance by new boss Ernesto Valverde but that is yet to happen.

Mundo Deportivo claimed last week that he would be willing to leave if his chances of playing are deemed unlikely and it is now claimed by Diario AS that both Inter and Celta are keen to make a move.

Whilst Celta are yet to make a formal offer, it is understood that Inter have been talking to former Barca boss Luis Enrique about the quality of the midfielder and that they are now close to a deal.

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But, Catalunya Radio have also claimed that Arsenal have come in with a late bid for the midfielder after selling Francis Coquelin to Valencia on Tuesday evening.

As with Rafinha, the futures of Arda Turan and Andre Gomes are also questioned, with both having found playing time hard to come by this season, whilst Denis Suarez is also waiting in the wings for a regular chance.

Turan has been strongly linked with a January exit and is expected to move on with Turkish and Premier League interest, whilst Portuguese midfielder Gomes is also gaining interest from a number of clubs.

Gomes only joined Barca last summer but he has failed to impress and has lacked minutes this season, following the arrival of Brazilian Paulinho, who scored an impressive brace against Deportivo La Coruna earlier this month.

 

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