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Barcelona star Raphinha makes decision over Arsenal transfer

Barcelona winger Raphinha has ruled out a transfer move to Arsenal in the January transfer window, according to reports.

The Gunners lost out in the race to sign their key target Mykhailo Mudryk this month as Chelsea completed their €100m (£88.6m) deal for the winger over the weekend.

The Premier League side are still intent on improving their team in the transfer window and are now exploring alternatives after missing out on Mudryk.

Arsenal had explored the possibility of signing Raphinha in the summer but the winger was holding out for a move to Barcelona and eventually joined the La Liga club in a £55m deal just last July.

Raphinha is back on Arsenal’s radar after struggling to make an impact during his first few months at the Spanish club and reports have claimed that the La Liga leaders would be open to a deal at €100m (£88.6m).

But, Mundo Deportivo claims that Raphinha’s entourage have made it clear that he has no intention of moving clubs in January and wants to see out this campaign with Barcelona.

Raphinha came on as a late substitute as Barca sealed a 3-1 win over Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

In a post on Instagram after the match, the winger gave another indication to fans that he is looking to finish the season with Barca.

‘The first of the season, the first with this giant shirt that is Barcelona. Just thank you for this amazing moment. Let’s go for more,’ Raphinha wrote on social media.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have also been offered Brighton star Leandro Trossard after his falling out with Roberto De Zerbi.

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