Arsenal set to secure signing of £35m Barcelona star

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Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign Barcelona out-of-favour midfielder Andre Gomes in this summer transfer window.

Portuguese international playmaker has only moved to the Catalans from their La Liga rivals Valencia in the summer of 2016, however, has struggled to settle at Ernesto Valverde’s side.

The 24-year-old did played 31 times for Barcelona in all competitions last season, although he found it difficult to win a starting spot in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI, and started only 16 La Liga games.

Valencia have been strongly linked with re-signing the midfielder, however, according to ESPN FC, new the Gunners new head-coach Unai Emery is desperate to bring the Portuguese to Emirates Stadium ahead of the next season.

West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers have also all previously been rumoured with a move for Gomes.

Meanwhile, another Barcelona midfielder Rafina Alcantara has been rumoured with a possible switch to the Emirates Stadium with Unai Emery has been a huge fan of Brazilian star who has spent last season on loan at Inter Milan.