Barcelona have added Arsenal striker Theo Walcott to their shortlist of transfer targets, according to reports in Spain.
Walcott has struggled to hold down a permanent spot in the Gunners starting line-up this season, but he has been able to make a significant contribution for Arsene Wenger’s side when involved, including this well-taken goal against Stoke City.
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It is reported by Mundo Deportivo, cited in The Mirror, that the Catalan giants have identified the England international as a possible target after Rafinha suffered a serious injury.
The Barca ace sustained ligament damage in the draw with Roma in the Champions League last week and is expected to be sidelined for a significant period of time, as The Mirror reports.
It remains to be seen whether Wenger would consider any possible offers for Walcott, as the 26-year-old recently signed a new long-term contract and is arguably seen as an integral part of the squad.
Wenger was heavily criticised for not bolstering his options up front this past summer and, with Olivier Giroud the only other forward in the current squad, it would seem to make little sense in allowing Walcott to leave the Emirates Stadium.
However, his resolve could be tested by their Spanish counterparts, who could potentially benefit from having an injection of pace in their side to complement the creative talents of the likes of Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.
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