Italian outlet SportItalia claim Arsenal have opened talks to sign Raphinha from Barcelona just six months after the Brazil international left Leeds United for the Nou Camp – a move that the winger had been desperate to make.

Raphinha, 26, was regularly linked with a move to Arsenal last summer. But he, and Nou Camp legend Deco were keen for Raphinha to move to Barcelona. Eventually, he signed a contract until June 2027 – worth a total of £55million.

Since that move, Raphinha has struggled. Just three goals and five assists in 22 league and cup outings for Barcelona. He has a contract at Barcelona until the summer of 2027, but it is not working as well as he would have hoped for.

Now, Arsenal are back in for Raphinha. Mykhaylo Mudryk looks destined to join Chelsea after weeks of negotiations with Arsenal, and some quite blatant hints on Instagram. Arsenal have moved to sign an alternative, in Raphinha.

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Arsenal open talks Raphinha talks just six months after leaving Leeds

It does seem like it would be a move that suits all parties. Arsenal were being told to pay as much as £80million to land Mudryk. You would think, given Raphinha cost £55million in the summer, and has since struggled – he would cost less.

So, that saves Arsenal some cash. Raphinha would be returning to the Premier League, a League where he sparkled with Leeds. He would be joining a side that boast a real chance of winning the League title. For Barca, some cash.

Despite his big-money move to the Nou Camp in the summer, Barcelona are still in a tricky financial position. Raking in a big fee for Raphinha will go some way to aiding that. So, it is a move that is a good one for all involved, this month.

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