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Arsenal dealt blow as Barcelona midfielder opts for Inter Milan over Gunners

Gunners are looking to spend this month with the departures of Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott and the Brazlian midfielder now back from injury was on Arsene Wenger's shopping list

INTER MILAN have moved ahead of Arsenal in the race for Barcelona star Rafinha.

The Gunners had the 24-year-old Brazilian on their potential list of midfield reinforcements this month.

Rafinha is on his way to Inter Milan

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Rafinha is on his way to Inter Milan

But Arsene Wenger will have to look elsewhere as Inter have made a breakthrough in talks with the Catalan giants, according to Goal.

The Serie A side made an initial offer of a loan with a £17.7million option to but next summer that was rejected by Barca.


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A compromise has now been reached and Rafinha is set to be Inter’s second signing of the window following the arrival of defender Lisandro Lopez from Benfica.


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Luciano Spalletti’s side have alarmingly dropped off the pace in the title race and are without a win in their last five league games.

Luciano Spalletti has got his man in Rafinha

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Luciano Spalletti has got his man in Rafinha

Inter have already signed Benfica stopper Lisandro Lopez this month

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Inter have already signed Benfica stopper Lisandro Lopez this month

Rafinha, brother of Thiago Alcantara at Bayern Munich has fought his way back to fitness after a serious knee injury.

But the midfielder is now fit,  but has not been able to get a single minute of game time this season as Ernesto Valverde’s side cruise to the La Liga title.

He is desperate to get some minutes under his belt to give himself a chance of making the Brazil World Cup squad.