Ridiculous Deal: Alexis Sanchez OUT! Rafinha In:

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According to reports, Arsenal are preparing to swoop for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, according to reports.

Mundo Deportivo claim the Gunners have identified the versatile Brazilian as part of a contingency plan in the event wantaway stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil leave.

Sanchez, 28, and Ozil, 29, are out of contract in the summer and the Gunners risk losing them both on a free.

Rafinha, 24, is yet to make an appearance this season as he recovers from injury.

He also faces extra competition at the Nou Camp following the arrival of countryman Paulinho.

Though his versatility makes him an attractive option, having been fielded in almost every position apart from in between the sticks.

Arsene Wenger is preparing himself for the possible exits of his two players and even admitted they could be gone in January.

Asked if there was a deadline for the duo to extend their contracts, he said: “No, not at the moment.”

And when quizzed whether Arsenal should cash in on them in January, he added: “Once you are in our kind of situation, we have envisaged every solution yes.

“It’s possible.”

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