Arsenal’s opening bid for Raphinha will be rejected as it falls below Leeds’ valuation of the Brazilian striker.
Leeds are under no pressure to sell Raphinha, 25, as he has two years left on his contract – although he is not expected to sign a new contract at Elland Road.
Arsenal are expected to return with an improved offer.
Barcelona would also like to sign Raphinha, whose agent is ex-Barca player Deco.
The Brazil international joined Leeds from Ligue 1 side Rennes on a four-year deal in October 2020, contributing six goals and eight assists in 29 Premier League games in his debut campaign, while last season the player managed 11 goals and three assists in 35 years. league matches.
Meanwhile, Arsenal remain in talks over the signing of Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.
City’s asking price for the Brazil international is said to be £50m.
Would signing Jesus give Arsenal an edge in CL battle?
Guardian football writer and Italian football expert Nicky Bandini told Sky Sports:
“I think it’s too early to say it would give them the edge as there is a long way to go in the transfer window and Arsenal need to catch up. It won’t be easy next season as they will be in the Europa League.
“The Thursday-Sunday schedule has a negative impact on domestic performance, so it will be difficult for Arsenal to close the gap.
“If you want to do that, you have to be encouraged by the club to do your business early. Addressing a big area from the start by signing Gabriel Jesus is a positive step.
“His goal-to-expected ratio is one of the lowest in the Premier League since he arrived, but his goalscoring has been prolific. He has more than one goal every two games, so his productivity has been very high.
“Arsenal have been screaming for someone to constantly run out of those chances. That was the one thing that was missing last season.”
Arsenal schedule: Gunners start at Palace
Arsenal will start their 2022/23 Premier League campaign at Crystal Palace on August 5, live on Friday Night Football.
Mikel Arteta’s side, who finished fifth in the Premier League last season, next host Leicester City on August 13 before traveling to newly-promoted Bournemouth on August 20.
The Gunners’ first North London derby will take place at the Emirates Stadium on October 1, while the second leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will take place early in the New Year on January 14.
Arsenal’s last game before the season’s break for the Winter World Cup will be away to Wolves on the weekend of 12/13 November. They will then return to action on Boxing Day, entertaining West Ham.
The final day of the Premier League season is May 28, when Arsenal will close out their home campaign against Wolves.
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