Sport Arsenal interested in Barcelona midfielder Rafinha

17:05  19 june  2017
17:05  19 june  2017 Source:   readsport.co

Arsenal consider move to re-sign Oguzhan Ozyakup

  Arsenal consider move to re-sign Oguzhan Ozyakup As we saw with Cesc Fabregas and possibly even Hector Bellerin if not this summer then perhaps down the line, Arsenal have been bitten by clubs looking to re-sign their former prodigies, but could the Gunners be about to do it themselves? According to Turkish-Football, Arsenal are one of three Premier League clubs that are reportedly interested in signing Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup this summer. Ozyakup joined Arsenal in 2008 from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and spent four years on the books at the Emirates, making just two senior appearances before returning to his homeland of Turkey with Besiktas for just £425,000. The 24-year-old has won three Super Lig titles during his five years at Besiktas, scoring 27 goals and providing 42 assists in 182 appearances across all competitions. With only 12 months to run on his contract, it’s believed that while there’s a long-term extension on the table from Besiktas, they will consider bids in the region of £13m for the central midfielder. Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham are also said to be keen, while West Ham and former Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic are linked as well.

Juventus are interested in signing Barcelona attacking midfielder Rafinha Alcantara, report Calciomercato. Arsenal could be set for stunning £65M raid on Barcelona but will face competition from two European heavyweights.

Arsenal have told Barcelona that Hector Bellerin is not for sale, in response to the Catalan club's first enquiry about the right-back, who they had initially evaluated at 40 million euros. Barca youngster Munir grabs Ajax interest .

Arsenal are interested in signing €30m-rated Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara as manager Arsene Wenger wants to add creativity to the Premier League club’s midfield ahead of the new season, according to a report from Marca (h/t Sport Witness).

The 24-year-old made 26 appearances for Barcelona last season but did not get enough game time as he wanted as only started 16 times for the Spanish giants.

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The Brazilian international is keen on getting first team football every week and Barcelona could use Hector Bellerin as part of a potential deal with the Gunners.

Bellerin 'in two minds' over tempting Barcelona return

  Bellerin 'in two minds' over tempting Barcelona return Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin is ‘in two minds’ about a potential return to former-club Barcelona, according to Spain team-mate Denis Suarez. Suarez, who re-joined Barcelona after enjoying a positive season with Villarreal out in his homeland, says that Bellerin is keen to make the same move, but his Arsenal loyalties remain strong. Bellerin has been persistently linked with a return to the Nou Camp, and as he continuously progresses and flourishes at The Emirates, it is going to be difficult for Arsenal to retain what is now one of the most exciting young full-backs in the game. The Spaniard did however pledge his future to Arsenal back in November, when he signed a new six-year deal worth £100,000-a-week. But now Spanish giants Barcelona are offering a return to the club in which became an academy graduate before moving to Arsenal in 2011. Bellerin is currently with Denis Suarez, as preparations get under way for the U21 European Championships in Poland, and Suarez hopes that once the tournament has finished, Bellerin will return to his roots and join him in sunny Spain. Here’s what the Spaniard had to say about the promising right-back, as quoted by the Independent: “I have spoken with him, and on the one hand he’s keen to come and on the other he feels tied to Arsenal. I hope he can come.

17:25: Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha . Spanish outlet Sport claim both sides are joined by Serie A giants Juventus and Roma in being keen on the 24-year-old.

Featured Matches. Previous. Arsenal . Sunderland. A statement on Barca's official website read: "Tests this morning have revealed that FC Barcelona midfielder Rafael Alcantara -- also known as ' Rafinha ' -- has suffered a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right leg.

Rafinha is reported to fancy a move to the Premier League and with Arsenal interested, that could well be his destination this summer. The midfielder suits the style of play that Wenger adopts at the Emirates and is a technically gifted player.

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Rafinha managed to get his name on the scoresheet six times last season in the La Liga as the Catalan giants narrowly missed out on the league title to rivals Real Madrid.

Rafinha has been somewhat overlooked at Barcelona, much like his brother Thiago was before he secured a move to German giants Bayern Munich, where he is now thriving.

And it seems the same may be needed for Rafinha. A move away from the Nou Camp could well bring the best out of the youngster and Arsenal are yet to make a bid.

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Suarez wants Arsenal's Bellerin at Barcelona .
The Spanish midfielder is ready to welcome the Arsenal defender back to the Camp Nou with open armsSpanish midfielder Denis Suarez said he hopes Hector Bellerin leaves Arsenal to return to Barcelona.

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