According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Leeds United and Arsenal will meet in a week to discuss a possible transfer for Brazilian winger Raphinha.
This summer, the Gunners have concentrated on fortification attacks. Leaving on a free transfer, both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are expected to do the same by the month’s end.
Basic terms have been reached between Arsenal and Manchester City on the £45 million acquisition of Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus. Currently, the north London club will shift its focus to Raphinha. The 25-year-old scored 11 goals in 35 games last season, making him one of the Premier League’s champion advances. He essentially helped Leeds on his own to avoid the assignment.
The team of Jesse Marsch is reportedly asking £65 million for the winger. Barcelona will compete with Arsenal for his attention. According to Romano, the Blaugrana have agreed to individual terms with Raphinha and are speaking with his agent Deco. Chelsea and Tottenham are also permitted to speak with his delegates.
“Raphinha make a deal. Leeds will request a £65 million expense at the meeting that Arsenal has already scheduled with them in one week. After private conditions were agreed upon, Barcelona and Deco remained in touch, but there is currently no additional information available. Chelsea and Tottenham are still speaking with experts. Actually open to race,” wrote Romano on Twitter.
Last season, Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League. Their potential to mark Raphinha may be curtailed if they are unable to fulfill all conditions for the Champions League in the upcoming season.
Arsenal and Barcelona will likely compete for Raphina.
Raphinha is a target for Barcelona this summer. The Brazilian enjoys joining the Blaugrana and has traveled to Spain with his representative Deco.
The 25-year-old is viewed by the Blaugrana as the perfect replacement for Ousmane Dembele, whose contract expires at the end of the month. Raphinha is eager to join Xavi Hernandez’s team, which is expected to put up a strong challenge for the La Liga championship next season.
However, Barcelona lacks the money needed to sign the Brazilian. If they sell fringe players like Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, Martin Braithwaite, and Miralem Pjanic this summer, they could be able to generate the necessary funds for the 25-year-old.