Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott is on the radar of European champions Barcelona, as the La Liga side expect boss Luis Enrique to request for a new winger in January as a result of Rafinha Alcantara’s injury, per Mundo Deportivo via Give Me Sport.
The Catalan giants sold Pedro to Chelsea in the summer and are chronically short of attacking options, after Rafinha suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage a couple of days ago.
The Brazilian forward limped off during Barcelona’s Champions League tie against Roma on Wednesday evening, and was later confirmed with a torn ACL. With such injuries carrying with a long spell of rehabilitation, Rafinha could be out for the rest of the season.
Barcelona’s transfer ban is set to be lifted on January 1, and the club’s supremos are already eyeing potential signings in the new year, one of them being Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.
The England international – who also boasts an injury record of his own – recently signed a fresh four-year deal worth £140,000 per week at the Emirates stadium, and boss Arsene Wenger has finally given him the chance to play as a central striker, something the former Southampton tyro has always wanted in his career.
Nevertheless, Barcelona can use their great pulling power to lure Walcott to the Nou Camp. The Englishman could also be tempted by the prospect of playing for the Blaugrana.
Should Walcott join Barcelona, the 26-year old is highly unlikely to get the new role which he now enjoys at Arsenal – centre forward – as Luis Suarez is already in that position. The Arsenal man is also unlikely to get enough game time at Barcelona, hence he has to consider his options properly, provided Barcelona crystallize the move.