Arsenal are ramping up interest in Leeds United’s Raphinha with Goal.com claiming the Brazilian could be a Gunner as soon as this week.
The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with Barcelona in recent months but with the Catalan side struggling to finance a move, it’s said we’re now in pole position to close out a deal that could cost as much as £50 million.
Raphinha signed for Leeds in the summer of 2019 for £17 million and has since made 66 appearances, scoring 16 goals and making 11 assists. The left-footed winger has previously played for the likes of Rennes, Sporting Lisbon and Vitoria Guimaraes.
As always, we’re naturally cautious. At this point, it’s hard to tell whether this story has been planted to kick the Camp Nou hierarchy into gear or whether we’re genuinely trying to close out a quick deal.
If the latter, it would be a big show of intent, especially with Edu and Mikel Arteta also looking to finalise moves for Gabriel Jesus, Youri Tielemans and Lisandro Martinez from Manchester City, Leicester City and Ajax respectively.
The Gunners are expected to confirm the €40 million acquisition of Fabio Vieira from Porto in the next 48 hours.