Guillem Balague plays down reports linking Theo Walcott to Barcelona

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Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has played down reports linking Arsenal forward Theo Walcott with a shock move to Barcelona.

Mundo Deportivo published the surprising report last week, which claimed that Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique was considering a move for Walcott in January after Rafinha suffered a serious injury.

But Balague, informing his 915,000 followers on Twitter, wrote on Tuesday: “Walcott to Barcelona? Nahhh. It hasn't even been mentioned in the press conference.”


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On the face of it, the idea of Walcott joining Barcelona in the New Year does seem rather far-fetched, even considering the anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained by Rafinha.

Walcott signed a new four-year deal with Arsenal at the end of July, and the Gunners appear to have no desire to allow the England international to leave the Emirates Stadium.

Barcelona move makes no sense for Walcott

Furthermore, Walcott is currently getting chances to prove his worth as a centre-forward. The 26-year-old seems desperate to cement his status as a striker and is reluctant to play out wide again, following years on the right flank.

But in order to truly convince Arsene Wenger that he deserves to start in front of Olivier Giroud on a weekly basis, Walcott must become more clinical.

One goal in three Premier League starts this season is an average return; Wenger will continue rotating between his two strikers until one of them finds their shooting boots.

The opportunity to play for Barcelona would tempt any ambitious player, but Walcott will be acutely aware - if the Catalan giants’ interest is genuine - that he would be used on a rotational basis at the Camp Nou.

There would also be no realistic chance of him playing as Barcelona’s centre-forward, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the same squad.

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