If Arsenal are serious about signing Raphinha this summer, they may need to borrow a leaf from Manchester City’s book when it comes to negotiations with Leeds United.
It’s no secret that Mikel Arteta is keen to bolster his attacking options ahead of the new season and despite reaching an agreement with the Gunners to sign Gabriel Jesus, they remain interested in the striker’s compatriot. However, they have already seen an opening bid rejected by their Premier League rivals.
Not that that deterred Arsenal, as they are expected to return with an improved offer. But with Leeds avoiding relegation last season, they are in a strong negotiating position to demand £65m for Raphinha, which The Guardian says is the Brazil international’s release clause.
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Whether the North London outfit can bring that price down remains to be seen. The West Yorkshire club’s position will be bolstered by the knowledge that they are set to lose a top player this summer, with Leeds Live reporting that Kalvin Phillips is set to join Man City in a deal that could be worth over £50 million.
The decision that would see City initially pay a £42million fee could be finalized at some point next week, and once it does, Leeds will record the biggest transfer sale in club history. club, as the deal would eclipse Rio Ferdinand’s £30million move to Manchester United in July 2002.
As a result, if Arsenal are to sign Raphinha this summer, they may have to copy Man City’s approach and activate the winger’s £65m release clause, especially if Leeds refuse to budge on the asking price. . If that scenario plays out, the Gunners would shatter a transfer record that has stood for almost 20 years at Elland Road.
In fact, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, United’s position is even stronger now amid the latest developments regarding Phillips: “Arsenal and Tottenham are both still working on Raphinha. Barcelona, no new offers at the moment “, he wrote on Twitter. “No one has agreed a deal with Leeds yet, asking for a £65m fee, stronger after the Kalvin deal. #LUFC Next week can be crucial. Chelsea have also called Leeds, but Sterling is top priority.”
With Arsenal’s summer spending set to reach almost £90million following Gabriel Jesus and Matt Turner deals alongside confirmed signings of Marquinhos and Fabio Vieira, Arteta and technical director Edu may need to show some restraint. creativity to fund a £65million transfer for Raphinha.
One way to do this is through player sales. Granted, that hasn’t been a strong point for the Brazilian since returning to the club in the summer of 2019, but if he can turn things around he could possibly get a £70.4m injection by selling Nicolas Pepe, Lucas Torreira. , Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Bernd Leno and Pablo Mari.
Given new reports from The Athletic that Arsenal will step up their efforts next week to sign Raphinha with further talks expected, it is also claimed that an increased offer for the 25-year-old is expected. Whether that will be enough to entice Leeds to sell remains to be seen, but a big offer is likely to be needed to reach a deal.
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