Chelsea ready to open talks with Barcelona over the transfer of 24-year-old star

October 19, 2017

Barcelona are preparing to sell in-demand midfielder Rafinha with Chelsea and Arsenal both are interested.

The 24-year-old is yet to feature for the Spanish giants so far this season and was heavily linked with a move away from the club in the summer transfer window.

It was even reported that during the last transfer window that Arsenal were offered the player but a deal did not materialise.

TalkSPORT reports already linking Mesut Ozil with a move away from The Gunners, and Rafinha could be a good replacement if the German fails to sign a new deal at Arsenal.

Both Chelsea and Arsenal were in the market for a new midfielder and had set their sights on landing the Brazilian international.

And, according to SuperDeporte, Barca are set to put Rafinha on the transfer list ahead of the January transfer window.

With the World Cup in Russia next summer it’s thought that Rafinha wants more playing time so as to make the Brazilian national team who have already qualified for the tournament.

AC Milan are also thought to be keeping tabs on the Brazilian, who is targeting a swift return to first-team action.