Arsenal ‘will step up their pursuit of Raphinha next week with a fresh bid and boss Mikel Arteta holding talks with the player’s agents’ after falling short of Leeds’ £65m asking price with their opening offer
- Arsenal are reportedly ready to escalate their attempts to sign Leeds’ Raphinha
- Their opening bid for the Brazilian fell well short of the Whites’ £65m valuation
- Raphinha contributed 11 goals and three assists in the Premier League last term
- Chelsea, Tottenham and Barcelona have also shown an interest in signing him
Arsenal are reportedly ready to escalate their attempts to sign Leeds forward Raphinha, having been rebuffed by the Whites so far.
Sportsmail revealed earlier this week that the Gunners’ opening bid for the Brazilian fell well short of Leeds’ £65million valuation.
Chelsea, Tottenham and Barcelona have also shown interest in Raphinha, whose preferred destination is said to be the Nou Camp.
Arsenal are reportedly ready to escalate their attempts to sign Leeds forward Raphinha
The Whites rejected the Gunners’ opening bid because it fell way short of their £65m valuation
But according to The Athletic, Arsenal are considered ‘firm favourites’ to sign the 25-year-old among the clubs chasing him and will step up their pursuit next week.
It is claimed that Mikel Arteta and co will increase their offer and hold talks with Raphinha’s representatives, while the player is reportedly open to moving to the Emirates Stadium.
Raphinha contributed 11 goals and three assists as Leeds narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League last season.
Mikel Arteta and co will increase their offer and hold talks with Raphinha’s agent next week
Raphinha’s Brazil team-mate Gabriel Jesus is expected to complete a £50m move to Arsenal
He has two years left on his contract at Elland Road, but the Whites appreciate that it will be difficult to extend that deal.
The forward plays alongside the likes of Neymar, Vinicius Jr and Casemiro for Brazil and wants to test himself in European competition.
Another one of his international team-mates Gabriel Jesus is expected to complete a £50million move to Arsenal over the next week.
Arteta has already spent big money on one player this summer, signing midfielder Fabio Vieira for £30million from Porto.
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