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Barcelona consider Theo Walcott after Rafinha injury

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Barcelona expect Luis Enrique to request a new winger in January as he looks to make up for the loss of Rafinha, reports Mundo Deportivo.

Having sold Pedro to Chelsea in the summer, Barcelona were left chronically short of options up front after Rafinha suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage earlier this week.

The Brazil international was forced off during Wednesday's Champions League tie against AS Roma and was later diagnosed with a torn ACL. Such an injury usually carries with it a lengthy spell of rehabilitation and he is unlikely to feature again this season.

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With Barcelona's transfer ban set to be lifted on January 1, officials at the Nou Camp are already looking at potential signings. One of them is Theo Walcott.

Arsenal recently tied Walcott down to a new four-year contract worth £140,000-a-week while Arsene Wenger has finally given him the chance to impress as a central striker; something he has wanted his entire career.

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However, Barcelona could look to use their mighty pulling power to lure the England international to La Liga. While the chance to play for the current European champions might be tempting, it would still be a shock to see Walcott leave north London as he closes in on his second decade as a Gunner.

Now 26-years-old, Walcott is finally getting his chance to play up front and is flourishing in the role. He has scored 11 goals in his last 11 starts in the Premier League, and also scored in Arsenal's recent loss to Dinamo Zagreb.

Not only is he unlikely to get such a chance at Barcelona, but he would also see his playing time reduce significantly. Their forward three of Neymar, Leo Messi, and Luis Suarez seems as concrete as, well, concrete.

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