Arsenal are set to be one of the Premier League’s busiest clubs this summer as they prepare for the return of European football to the Emirates Stadium.
Despite being pipped to the Champions League by Tottenham there was plenty for Arsenal fans to be excited about last season and the break could be equally as riveting. Last season saw Mikel Arteta splash over £ 140 million on new recruits and we could see a similar outlay this time around.
The Gunners announced the signing of Fabio Vieira on Tuesday, with the announcement following the arrival of Marquinhos last week.
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Another name on their wish list, however, is Leeds United’s Raphinha. The Brazilian was reportedly interested in securing a move to Barcelona, but as a result of their financial struggles, Arsenal have emerged as frontrunners.
With that in mind, football.london has taken a look at all the latest news linking Raphinha with a move to north London.
Barcelona and Chelsea worry
A report from The Athletic on Tuesday night stated that Barcelona remains Raphinha’s preferred destination for a move this summer. However, the Catalan giants remain well short of the asking price, throwing the chances of a move to the Camp Nou into serious doubt.
It means Raphinha will have to either wait for a move to Barcelona or choose a second choice. The same report details that Chelsea would be his top pick after Xavi’s side over a move to the Emirates, despite Arsenal already submitting a formal offer for the Brazil international.
According to Goal Brazil, the north London outfit are’very close’ to signing Raphinha. Their report claims that the 25-year-old doesn’t want to continue waiting for Barcelona to make a move and the player is said to be hoping to complete a move to Arteta’s side within the week.
£ 50m bid expected
Arsenal are expected to make a £ 50 million bid for Raphinha this summer, according to The Times. If he were to sign for that amount, he would become the Gunners’ joint-third most expensive signing in history following the arrival of Ben White for the same fee last summer.
Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe cost the club more.
No more Barcelona competition
Arsenal have made’a great offer’ to sign Leeds star Raphinha, according to Spanish journalist Ruben Uria. He also claims that Barcelona have’disappeared’ from the race to sign the Brazilian.
Arsenal transfer guru Charles Watts has spoken about the Gunners’ interest in Raphinha. Speaking on his YouTube channel, he said: “I’m told it’s absolutely genuine and Arsenal are very much are interested in Raphinha.
It is just a case of everything falling into place with what happens with Barcelona, what happens with Nicolas Pepe.
“As usual in the transfer window, all things are pretty complicated.”
Raphinha has been coy when asked about his future at Elland Road, claiming that it is all up to his agent Deco and the Yorkshire-based club. “I have a contract with Leeds until 2024, my future is in the hands of Deco and Leeds. , “he said while on international duty with Brazil.
“I have my mind set on the national team, on the game and also on my vacations. I have a contract with Leeds and this issue is resolved by my agent. When there is something, he will tell me.”
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