The Gunners want to sign Raphinha as a follow-up to their £34 million acquisition of Fabio Vieira on Tuesday.
Arsenal will have tough competition, though, as Tottenham, Chelsea, and Barcelona are also considering the 25-year-old.
Arsenal has reportedly made a formal offer for Raphinha. However, Leeds is expected to reject the deal “out of hand” since it is significantly undervalued.
According to the report, the Brazilian international would prefer a transfer to Chelsea if he decided to stay in the Premier League. He has scored 17 goals and put in 11 assists in 66 games.
Raphinha’s top choice is still Barcelona. They have already agreed on personal terms. The Spanish club is financially constrained and is looking to sell players first.
Chelsea needs an attacking player.
Raphinha still has two years left on his current contract after moving from Rennes to Leeds in a £17 million transfer in 2020.
It’s believed that Leeds is refusing to sell the Brazilian international for less than £50 million.
Raphinha was Leeds’ standout player last season, as his 11 goals helped the team from dropping out of the Premier League.
Chelsea are in desperate need of an effective attacking player and it’s good news for them since Raphinha wants to come to them. He is a winger who scores goals and puts in excellent performances. Leeds United struggled to stay in the Premier League and Raphinha has been instrumental in that. They have relied on individual brilliance for a better part of the season. If Leeds had relegated to the Championship this summer, the winger would have been available for £30 million.
Leeds have been a spectator to his amazing skills and goal-scoring abilities. Now it could be time for Chelsea to witness the same.
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