Arsenal: Raphinha and Ansu Fati moves unlikely
Arsenal journalist for football.london Kaya Kaynak says that the Gunners will target another forward this summer, but Raphinha and Ansu Fati are unlikely.
The Lowdown: Barcelona interest
It was reported that Arsenal’s summer interest in Raphinha did not go away in the January transfer window, after they missed out on the signing of Mykhaylo Mudryk to Chelsea.
They have also reportedly made an enquiry over his FC Barcelona team-mate Ansu Fati, ahead of a potential swoop this summer.
The Latest: Unlikely
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Kaynak has suggested that although the Gunners could look to sign another attacker in the summer, Raphinha is seemingly happy to stay at Barca, while Fati’s injury record could be a concern, making both deals unlikely:
“They want players who can play across the front line, out-wide and up front. That’s why they signed Trossard.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go back in for another player. Raphinha seems off limits at the minute. He’s obviously living his dream move at Barcelona, I think he’s very keen to give that a proper go.
“Ansu Fati’s injury record would properly be a concern as well when it comes to that interest, and I personally haven’t heard anything concrete enough. That’s not me saying the rumours aren’t true, it’s just what I’ve heard personally.”
The Verdict: Avoid
Both players although talented in their own right, are ones that Mikel Arteta‘s team should be avoiding to sign this summer.
Raphinha snubbed them last summer, and his heart is clearly not set on a move to the Emirates Stadium, and as mentioned by Kaynak, Fati has a poor injury record.
The North Londoners already signed Leandro Trossard in January as cover on the flanks, while Reiss Nelson is reportedly in talks over a new contract.
Nonetheless, with the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe in the squad as well, they are already well-covered in those areas of the pitch, and so should be prioritising strengthening other positions.