The Gunners appear to be on the brink of completing the £45million signing of Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, but Raphinha is also on boss Mikel Arteta’s radar.
What’s the latest news involving Raphinha?
Raphinha is at the centre of a four-way transfer battle, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona eager to take him off Leeds’ hands.
Although Raphinha still has two years remaining on his £63,000-per-week Elland Road deal, Leeds may be forced to cash-in on the winger as they no longer anticipate being able to negotiate a contract extension.
With that being the case, it is understood that the Whites will be willing to do business with Raphinha’s suitors if a bid worth upwards of £50million is tabled.
However, Arsenal have a battle on their hands as, according to Spanish sources, the 25-year-old’s preferred destination is Barcelona.
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What has Pete O’Rourke said about Raphinha?
O’Rourke believes Raphinha would give Arteta a different option to what he currently boasts in the wide positions at the Emirates Stadium.
The journalist feels ensuring the nine-cap Brazil international heads to north London would show Arsenal mean business heading into the upcoming campaign.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “Raphinha was probably Leeds’ best player last season and he would give Arsenal’s attack an extra dimension as well.
“He’s such a classy operator, he can score goals, create goals and it would be a real signal of intent from Arsenal if they are to pull off this deal.”
Why is Raphinha of interest to Arsenal?
Raphinha gained an average rating of 6.97 last season, according to WhoScored, but that does not truly emphasise how valuable he has been to Leeds.
The wide-man has scored 17 goals – with 11 of them coming in the 2021/22 campaign – and notched a further 12 assists since heading to Yorkshire.
FBref statistics show Raphinha averaged more goals than Arsenal aces Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli per 90 minutes last term, while he also made a greater number of interceptions and applied pressure more consistently than the trio, which suggests he would be a shrewd addition to Arteta’s squad.