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Arsenal: David Ornstein hands Gunners potential Raphinha transfer blow

Arsenal are unlikely to land the Barcelona winger, Raphinha, this month with the Brazilian believed to be keen to remain at the Camp Nou.

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The Gunners were dealt a major transfer blow over the weekend after they saw their main target for the January window, Mykhailo Mudryk, put pen to paper on a deal with Chelsea.

This came after the north London club had made multiple offers to Shakhtar Donetsk but the Blues were able to swoop in and secure the services of the Ukrainian.

And in light of the transfer development, it has been reported that the Gunners could turn their attention to Raphinha as a potential alternative.

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However, speaking on the NBC Sports YouTube channel, journalist David Ornstein has played down the speculation suggesting the Brazilian is happy where he is:

(3:00) “But off course, they will have recruitment lists and already you’re seeing reports around possibly Raphinha, who they went for last summer, but my understanding is that his priority is to remain at Barcelona despite their financial position.”

Blow for the Gunners

This will not be the first time Arsenal will have failed in their efforts to sign Raphinha if the 26-year-old is unwilling to leave the Camp Nou this month.

Only in the summer did it appear that Arsenal were coming close to landing the winger from Leeds United before Chelsea hijacked the deal again – only for Barcelona to swoop in and claim him.

But Mikel Arteta has already made it clear that if a player does not want to make the move to Arsenal then they will not continue pursuing them:

“It doesn’t need much convincing and if they do, for me it’s not a good starting point. If I have to convince a player to stay or to join us. To Arsenal? It holds me back a little bit,” he has said previously.

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And this could have been a potential opportunity for Raphinha to revive his career after what has been an underwhelming start too life in La Liga.

Since making the move to Barcelona, Raphinha has started just seven games in La Liga and provided a return of just two goals and two assists in the league (via Transfermarkt).

Which is a stark contrast to the 2021/22 campaign the Brazilian had with Leeds United where he provided the Whites with 11 league goals and three assists.

Although there could be some understanding towards potentially wanting to win the league with Barcelona this season, it has to be said, Arsenal would be offering an attractive move given their current league position.

Raphinha’s last game in the Premier League saw him help save Leeds United from relegation and a return could possibly see him lift the Premier League trophy with a potential move to Arsenal.

But at least if he does not want to move, he is not leading Arsenal down the garden path with just two weeks remaining in the January window.