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Arsenal transfer target gives Gunners a boost by telling his manager he wants to leave

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara has reportedly told manager Ernesto Valverde he wants to leave the club amid transfer rumours linking him with Arsenal.

The Brazil international was recently mentioned by Don Balon as one of Arsene Wenger’s main targets to replace Mesut Ozil, who is in the final year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium.

Diario Gol now claim Rafinha is not content with his situation at Barcelona, with so much competition for places in Barca’s midfield and possibly more to come in the form of Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.

Arsenal will be pleased if they can land one of their preferred Ozil replacements more easily, as Barcelona may now have to strongly consider letting him go to keep him happy.

Rafinha in action for Barcelona

Arsenal transfer target Rafinha wants out of Barcelona

Still, Diario Gol suggest the deal rests on Barcelona bringing in one of their own preferred transfer targets in midfield this January, as manager Valverde is not keen on losing a valuable backup player.

Another report from Don Balon claim Lionel Messi believes the club need to strengthen in midfield, and has mentioned Tottenham’s Dele Alli as a strong candidate.

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