Robert Lewandowski’s move to Barcelona could give Arsenal leverage in Raphinha battle
Arsenal are hot on the tail to secure the signature of Raphinha from Leeds United in the summer transfer window. It is uncertain whether a move will happen, but Robert Lewandowski’s transfer decision could help Arsenal in their pursuit of the Brazilian.
According to German news outlet BILD, Barcelona are preparing a €50million (£43million) offer for Lewandowski which they hope will make Bayern Munich consider selling. This bid will come despite the reported financial issues surrounding the La Liga side.
It is potentially because of this deal that Barcelona will not be able to financially compete with the Gunners in the pursuit for Raphinha with both clubs said to be interested. This means that Lewandowski’s transfer to Barcelona could give Arsenal clear access to the Brazilian.
According to GOAL of Brazil, Raphinha is on the verge of signing for Arsenal. The player doesn’t know anything about Barcelona’s interest yet. A deal could be closed this week, while transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims a potential transfer could cost £65m
Despite Arsenal’s interest, it seems that the Leeds United winger would prefer a move to Barcelona as the player reportedly agreed to personal terms in February according to Romano. But a deal has stalled as Barcelona have been unable to meet the asking price that Leeds are demanding.
Since joining Leeds in 2020, Raphinha has been their main threat, which is a major reason why he received recognition from the Brazilian national team. He has also attracted interest from Europe’s elite clubs.
Speaking to the press ahead of Brazil’s friendly with Japan in June , Raphinha addressed his future at Leeds, but made clear his intention was to do anything to play for Brazil in Qatar.
“If I say that it doesn’t matter, I would be lying,” Raphinha said, as reported by Globo. “Knowing that there are less than six months left for the Cup, you have to be active in the clubs, that weighs on the decision, but I trust my potential
“If it’s to stay or leave, I’ll do my best, look for my space and I’ll try to be well for the World Cup.”
Questions then followed about his future at Leeds, to which he replied: “The next game, against Japan.
“Then I go on vacation. I have a contract with Leeds until 2024, my future is in the hands of Deco and Leeds, I have my mind on the national team, on the game and also on my vacation, we need a vacation. I have a contract with Leeds and this issue is resolved by my manager, when something is right, he sends [it to] me.”
It would have seemed bizarre for Arsenal to be linked with the Brazilian because the Gunners already have two left-footed wingers who are strongest on the right-hand side in Bukayo Saka and Pepe. However, the Ivorian has seriously struggled for game time at the Emirates this season which puts his future at the club in doubt.
Raphinha would certainly be an excellent acquisition for the Gunners. Lewandowski’s potential move to Barcelona could see Edu land his dream signing.