Emirates Stadium boss keen on Nou Camp youngster.
Arsenal are reportedly monitoring Barcelona youngster Rafa Alcantara with a view to making a move to capture the teenager in January.
Gunners scouts have been watching the 18 year old in action for Barcelona’s B team where the Brazilian has made an immediate impact. Rafa is more commonly referred to as Rafinha, and is the younger brother of midfielder Thiago Alcantara who is currently on the fringes of the Nou Camp first team after a successful pre-season with the Catalan club.
Unlike his brother, Rafa has opted to represent Brazil even though he has represented Spain at Under 16, 18 and 19 level. The speedy winger can also ply his trade in an attacking midfield role and is said to be a player that Arsene Wenger is taking particular attention to.
The Sao Paulo born starlet is said to be hedging his bets in contract terms and is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal which has led many interested parties to believe that he may be considering his options.
Clearly Wenger is known for trusting to youth and has picked up a number of top young talents from across Europe to ply alongside those coming through the ranks at the Emirates Stadium. The Arsenal boss is also well known for bringing in youngsters from Barcelona, having brought in Cesc Fabregas to North London as well as Jon Toral in the more recent past.