Arsenal make contact with Raphinha’s agent over January move for Barcelona star after missing out on Mudryk to Chelsea

Arsenal have made contact with Raphinha’s agent over a potential transfer after missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk, according to a new report.

WHAT’S HAPPENING? After watching Chelsea swoop in and steal a deal to sign Mudryk from under their noses, Arsenal have been forced to turn their attention elsewhere in a bid to strengthen their attack. The Evening Standard report that sporting director Edu has approached the agent of Barcelona winger Raphinha, who has struggled since moving to the Camp Nou from Leeds United last summer.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Raphinha was the subject of interest from the Gunners last summer following a stellar campaign for Leeds, but opted to move to Barcelona when they came calling for his services. The report states Arsenal have continued to monitor his situation despite the move to Spain due to Edu’s relationship with Deco, Raphinha’s agent.