Raphinha’s future at Leeds is uncertain and Arsenal and Tottenham have joined the race to sign him after Barcelona made an early move for the much wanted Brazilian.
Raphinha has been prime target for the Catalans. In fact, the player had his heart set on a move to the Catalan giants, and it only seemed a matter of time for the 25-year-old to move to La Liga having already agreed a personal terms with Barcelona.
However, the transfer ran into problems when Leeds survived on the final day, which meant his escape clause in the event of relegation did not apply. Barcelona were banking on Leeds being relegated to enable them to pick Raphinha up on the cheap and they have a restricted transfer budget because of the financial problems at the club.
Leeds want around £60million for Raphinha and this is proving beyond what Barca can pay, which has opened the door for both Arsenal and Tottenham to enter into serious negotiations with Leeds over the acquisition of Raphinha who wanted his future sorted this week.
Raphinha situation. 🚨🇧🇷 #LUFC
▫️ 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
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 20, 2022
Raphinha has emerged on Tottenham’s radar with Spurs in hot-battle with London rivals Chelsea for the signature of other Brazilian star Richarlison.
🚨 Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte wants at least four more signings after Yves Bissouma and would like to get them before their pre-season tour.
✍️ Main targets are:
🏴 Djed Spence
🇪🇸 Pau Torres
🇩🇰 Christian Eriksen
(Source: The Times)
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) June 14, 2022
Tottenham have already been very active in the summer transfer market. And signing one of the Brazilians has been Tottenham’s aim With Antonio Conte looking to provide alternatives to the three frontline- Son, Kulusevski and Kane – next season.
According to Goal, Arsenal have made significant progress in their pursuit of Leeds United winger Raphinha, with his agent- Deco also seen at the London yesterday.
Reliably informed that Deco – the agent of Raphinha – has been in London today, as talks of a move to Arsenal heat up.
— Freddie Paxton (@Freddie_Paxton) June 20, 2022
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been hugely impressed by Raphinha’s performances for Leeds, with the winger having scored eleven goals and provided three assists in the Premier League last season and is ready to lure the Brazilian to the Emirates stadium.
Raphinha pressures: Deco, his agent, will meet with club next week to clarify to what extent they’re interested [md] https://t.co/5SeBKT3S2k
Raphinha, 25, is prepared to wait for the right next club and he is attracting much interest because he scored 17 Premier League goals and made 12 assists in his last two seasons with Leeds.