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Arsenal line up move for Barcelona star

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Arsenal are preparing a move for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha in the summer transfer window, according to a report from Spain.

Brazilian Rafinha – capped twice by his country – has struggled to claim a regular spot in the Barca first team in recent years, and was heavily linked with a transfer last summer.

Arsenal have been linked with Rafinha in the past and, with it seeming likely that both Mezut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will leave The Emirates in the summer, he could be an ideal replacement and the Gunners’ top brass are preparing to move, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Rafinha himself has previously reported as being keen on playing in the Premier League at some stage in his career.

However, Rafinha is currently recovering from knee surgery – he has yet to appear for Barca this season – so a loan move in January would make sense as he seeks to recover full match fitness and get game time.

This could be followed by a permanent move in the summer. Barcelona have a wealth of midfield talent and it could prove difficult for Rafinha to get a regular starting place, so a move away could reignite his career.

However, Arsenal may have competition for Rafinha’s signature. Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have been linked with him in the past, as have other European clubs, such as Juventus.

Liverpool and Inter Milan could move for Manchester City ace in January

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Liverpool and Inter Milan are keeping tabs on David Silva’s contract talks with Manchester City, and could make a move for the playmaker if they don’t progress.

Silva currently has a contract that runs to the summer of 2019, and City boss Pep Guardiola wants him to extend that deal by 12 months.

But Silva has plenty of admirers, who could be willing to offer a longer, more lucrative deal, according to The Sun. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is known to be an admirer of Silva, as is Inter’s Luciano Spalletti, so both could come in if progress isn’t made on contract talks.

However, it is highly doubtful that Guardiola would countenance the sale of the Premier League’s leading assist maker, especially to a domestic rival.

File this one under ‘not going to happen’.

All the factz on the West Ham United v Liverpool Premier League clash

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The late kick-off in the Premier League today is West Ham United v Liverpool. Kick-off is at 5.30pm and the match is live on BT Sport 1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Last season, Liverpool thumped the Hammers 0-4 at the London Stadium.
* West Ham have just 9 points so far this season. Another defeat would mark their worst start to a season since 2010/11 – when they were relegated.
* Liverpool have lost just one of their last 6 PL matches, although they have only won 2 of those.
* West Ham don’t have a good record against the Reds – just 9 wins in 42 attempts in the PL era. Liverpool have won on 24 occasions.
* Liverpool have conceded 16 league goals this season – 15 of those have been away from home.

Barcelona still chasing Philippe Coutinho transfer and will pay up to £150 million for him – report

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You have to admire their dedication: after a summer of being constantly rebuffed, Barcelona are still chasing Philippe Coutinho, and will try to sign him from Liverpool again in the January transfer window, according to reports in Spain.

The Catalan side feel they still haven’t found an adequate replacement for Neymar, who departed for Pars St-Germain for £199 million in the summer. Ousmane Dembele, who had been signed from Borussia Dortmund as his replacement in a £97 million deal suffered a hamstring injury in his fourth appearance and hasn’t been seen since.

With Luis Suarez experiencing a dip in his high standards, and Gerard Deulofeu not proving prolific, Barcelona bosses are ready to go back into the transfer market, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.

Sport adds that Coutinho tops the list of targets, and are prepared to pay up to £150 million for him. Another Spanish newspaper, Mundo Deportivo, reports that Coutinho – who handed in a transfer request in the summer – is still desperate to join Barcelona.

Looks like Liverpool fans will have to buckle up for another transfer window spent worrying that one of their star players will be tempted away…

All the factz and stats for today’s 3pm Premier League kick-offs

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Arsenal v Swansea City

* Arsenal did the double over Swansea last season, winning 3-2 at the Emirates and 0-4 at the Liberty.
* Arsenal have won their past 9 matches at the Emirates, scoring 22 goals.
* Swansea are good on the road – losing just one of their last 6 and winning twice.
* This is Arsene Wenger’s 800th Premier League game in charge of the Gunners.
* Swansea have scored just 6 goals this season – only Palace have scored fewer.

Crystal Palace v West Ham United

* West Ham did the double over Palace last season: winning 0-1 at Selhurst Park and 3-0 at the London Stadium.
* Palace’s awful run continues – losing 8 of 9 matches in the PL this season.
* West Ham are yet to win away from home this season – 3 defeats and 2 draws.
* The Eagles are the only side in the PL not to keep a clean sheet yet this season.
* The Hammers start – 8 points from 9 matches – is their worst for 7 years.

Liverpool v Huddersfield Town

* This is the first league meeting between the sides since 1972, and the first in any competition since 1999.
* For all the talk of Liverpool’s defensive problems, they have conceded just once at home this season in the PL.
* The Terriers have won just 1 of their last 7 PL matches – but that victory was against Manchester United last time out.
* Liverpool have never lost consecutive matches under Juergen Klopp.
* Aaron Mooy is key for Huddersfield – he’s had a hand in 10 goals for the club this year, 4 more than any other player.

Watford v Stoke City

* Stoke did the double over Watford last season, winning 0-1 at Vicarage Road and 2-0 at the Bet365 Stadium.
* Watford have only kept one clean sheet at home this season, conceding 10 in 4 matches.
* But Stoke have the worst defensive record in the division, conceding 20 in 9 matches.
* Richarlison is Watford’s form player – with 3 goals and 2 assists this season.
* Stoke have won 1 of their last 12 away matches in the PL – losing 8 of them.

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City

* City have dominated West Brom recently – winning the last 11 PL matches between the sides.
* West Brom haven’t won in their last 7 league matches (3 losses)
* City have dropped just two points in the league so far this season.
* But the Baggies are unbeaten at home in the league this season – 1 win and 3 draws.
* City have 32 goals so far this season – only City in 2011/12 have scored more (33) at the start of a PL season.