Reports say that Arsenal is “set to make a bid” for Leeds United winger Raphinha, who is valued at £50 million.
Goal said earlier on Monday that Raphinha was tired of waiting for Barcelona to make an offer after agreeing to move to the Nou Camp on personal terms.
The report said that Arsenal are “in the lead” to sign the Brazilian and could make a deal “this week.” It is thought that the player will cost £50 million, but Fabrizio Romano said that Leeds want £55 million to £64 million.
Raphinha situation. 🚨🇧🇷 #LUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 20, 2022
▫️ Barcelona agreed personal terms with Raphinha, but no agreement on fee with Leeds.
▫️ Arsenal are in direct negotiations with Leeds, interested since March.
▫️ Both Chelsea & Tottenham have been in contact too.
▫️ Fee could be around 65/75m. pic.twitter.com/39igUIOTqV
Now, The Times says that the Yorkshire club is “expecting an approach from Arsenal” and that Tottenham, Chelsea, and Barcelona are also interested.
Spurs and Barcelona have made “contact,” but neither team has made an official offer for Raphinha.
The 25-year-old wants to move to Barcelona, but the La Liga powerhouses need to get rid of one or two players first. Frenkie de Jong is a very important player for Manchester United, and if they could sell him in the summer, it would help them a lot.
Raphinha, who scored 11 goals in the Premier League last season, is wanted by Leeds for “more than £50 million.”
The fact that the winger wants to play in the Champions League, which Arsenal can’t offer, makes Spurs and Chelsea want him more.
But right now, it looks like the Gunners are in the lead, and technical director Edu is thought to have met with Raphinha’s agent, Deco.
Mikel Arteta and Edu want to get the club’s summer business done quickly. They have already agreed to pay £34 million for Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira.
Arsenal is also trying to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, Youri Tielemans from Leicester City, and Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.
Raphinha has made a big difference for Leeds since he moved there for £17m from Rennes in 2020 when the club returned to the Premier League.
In his first season, he scored six goals and set up nine others for his team, which ended up in ninth place in the league. Along with his 11 goals, the Brazil player had three assists last season.
He played for his country for the first time in 2021 and is now a regular member of Tite’s team.