Arsenal defender Rafaelle is set to leave the club this summer with Orlando Pride understood to be her most likely destination, Arseblog News understands. The Brazilian defender joined the club last January after a five year spell in China. Our understanding is that a deal is not yet agreed but close.
Rafa has quickly become a mainstay of the squad and incredibly popular with fans for her performances on the left side of Arsenal’s defence. She was a key part of the team that won the Conti Cup this season, scoring in the final against Chelsea.
Rafa is among the strongest dribblers in the league and one of the most aerially dominant defenders in the league. The 31-year-old also captained her country to Copa America glory in the summer of 2022.
It is understood that the player was not unhappy at Arsenal but the pull of Orlando was too much to resist- Orlando is a very popular destination for Brazilians.