Despite initially having his heart set on a move to Barcelona, Leeds United winger Raphinha is reportedly on the verge of completing a move to Arsenal.
The Selecao star has been heavily linked with a move away from Elland Road this summer, after helping Leeds achieve Premier League survival with yet another impressive season in the league.
Barca have shown interest in the 25-year-old, who they see as a potential replacement for Ousmane Dembele if he leaves at the end of his contract but their well-documented financial issues have stopped any potential deal with their needing to be some outgoing before anyone comes in.
It seems that Arsenal have taken advantage of this and have made Raphinha a more lucrative offer, and they are expected to complete the signing this week with Leeds wanting £50-million for the Brazil international, who scored 11 Premier League goals in 35 games in 2021-22.
Arsenal have been very active in the market already this summer, completing moves for Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira.
Another name on their hit list is Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, but a report on Monday said Tottenham are planning to hijack a deal.
City value the Brazilian at around £50m and he is Mikel Arteta’s top target to replace the departed Alexandre Lacazette, but Spurs hope to tempt the player with the prospect of Champions League football.
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