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Arsenal weighing up transfer move for Rafinha with Mikel Arteta looking to add Barcelona midfielder to squad

ARSENAL are reportedly chasing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, reports from Spain are suggesting Barca are preparing a fire-sale of players this summer.

Only three players - Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen appear to be save from the flogging.

Meanwhile over at the Emirates, boss Mikel Arteta will continue his rebuild job - and Rafinha is believed to be on that list.

Mundo Deportivo reports that Arsenal staff have been monitoring the 27-year-old midfielder.

He could cost as little as £13million.

If the Gunners do make a move for the Brazil international, it could mean their hopes of signing Dani Ceballos permanently are over.

Just recently the Spaniard, also a central midfielder like Rafinha, admitted he still hopes to succeed at Real Madrid.

He signed a loan deal at Arsenal until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old has told TVE: "I am a Real Madrid player ... and any player in the world would like to play for Real Madrid,

"I have a contract with them for three more years and they are the ideal team to succeed."

Having arrived under fellow Spaniard Unai Emery, Ceballos was a regular either from the start or off the bench early on in the season.

But a lengthy spell on the sidelines with injury coincided with Emery being sacked and Mikel Arteta coming in.

Ceballos was unable to add to his one goal and two assists - both of which came on his home debut against Burnley - before the season was suspended.

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