Arsenal saw a bid rejected by Leeds for Raphinha but intend to push again to sign the Brazil international amid competition from two other Premier League clubs and Barcelona.
Tottenham have told Leeds they intend to bid – it could happen this week – and Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly, the interim sporting director, has explored the situation. Barcelona agreed personal terms with Raphinha months ago, but Leeds want a lot more than the £35-40m the Catalan club have in mind.
It will likely take at least £65million to convince them to sell. Arsenal have been interested in the 25-year-old since March and are in negotiations with Leeds, who bought Raphinha from Rennes for around £17million in October 2020 on a contract until 2024. He has scored 11 goals and has scored three in the Premier League. League last season.
Arsenal have bolstered their attacking options by buying Fábio Vieira from Porto for an initial fee of £30million, but are also keen to bring in Raphinha and international team-mate Gabriel Jesus, who is set to leave Manchester City.
Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain are among others interested in Jesus but Arsenal are leading the race. Arsenal are in advanced talks with the player’s agents and if the outstanding details are resolved they will seek to settle a fee with City.