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.
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.
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.
Deal ‘very close’
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 £50million 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.
“If there is a deal to be done this summer, they will try to do it. 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.”