Leeds United are expecting a bid to arrive from Arsenal for star man Raphinha amid increasingly wide-spread interest, The Times are reporting.
The Brazilian has long been tipped for a move to Barcelona but progress has been glacial on that front in light of the financial issues at the Camp Nou.
GOAL claimed earlier on Monday (20 June) that the winger was tired of waiting and was even “very close” to signing for the Gunners.
According to The Times, there has so far not been an official bid from anywhere for the player, rated at over £50million, despite major interest that also includes Chelsea, but the Catalans and Tottenham have made contact with Elland Road officials.
That is apparently about to change as the club expect the first offer to arrive from the Emirates after meetings between Arsenal technical director Edu and Raphinha’s agent Deco.
The report says that the 25-year-old still favours a move to La Liga after agreeing personal terms with Barcelona, and is also keen on playing in the Champions League, which “adds strength” to the Spurs approach.
After little to no movement for weeks on the transfer front for the former Rennes man, who proved to be the Whites’ star during a terrible 2021/22 season, there is suddenly an explosion of activity.
But Arsenal are surely fighting an uphill battle to complete this one though since they don’t have Champions League football.
Sport in Spain had reported on Sunday (19 June) that, despite the assumption that Raphinha himself had his heart set on the Camp Nou, it was his agent who was getting him to hold out for them to make their long-awaited approach.
Supposedly without the Portuguese he would have “already signed” for either Chelsea or Liverpool, notably both in Europe’s top-tier competition for the upcoming season.
Clearly he is a wanted man, and there is increasing belief within the English top flight that he could be landed while the Blaugrana flounder, as they appear to be trying everything to free up their financial position but are taking a long time to do it.
The suggestion that the player is growing impatient is suddenly becoming more common so the chances of him moving to a rival club may be increasing.
Interest from Stamford Bridge, Anfield, and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would appear to be more attractive on the face of things as he would be in the Champions League, and they should be able to offer the most money.
But he has to consider how much he will play for any side he moves to, with the World Cup on the horizon, and both Jurgen Klopp’s and Antonio Conte’s attacks look well stocked.
It appears that the Gunners are about to make the first move, which could spark a frenzy of activity from other chasing clubs.