Leeds reject Arsenal’s offer for Raphinha

Leeds reject Arsenal’s offer for Raphinha

Leeds United have rejected Arsenal’s offer for winger Raphinha, The Athletic understands.

The north London club made an offer for the Brazilian on Tuesday night but it fell well below Leeds’ valuation. Leeds have now turned down that bid.

Arsenal’s interest in Raphinha remains strong. Mikel Arteta is thinking to be extremely keen on the player and Edu has good links to his agent Deco.

The 25-year-old Brazil international has long been expected to join Barcelona and the Catalan side are known to be his favored option, although their pursuit is complicated by financial problems.

After Barcelona, ​​Chelsea are said to be Raphinha’s preferred destination and not only would a move there provide Champions League football but potentially also a better chance of winning major trophies.

Then come Arsenal — they play Europa League football next season — and Tottenham, who qualified for the Champions League and are considering Raphinha. But he is not Tottenham’s first-choice option.

Raphinha has enjoyed two fine seasons since moving to Leeds, scoring 17 Premier League goals in 65 top-flight appearances.

The Athletic reported earlier this month that Leeds are sympathetic to Raphinha’s ambition and do not intend to be unfair or obstructive if their valuation is met.

It is understood that Leeds no longer anticipate Raphinha accepting a new contract — something that appeared to be on the cards midway through the season — and although he has not directly asked for a transfer, it is no secret that he sees himself playing in European competition .

Raphinha’s current deal is due to expire in 2024.

Arsenal have already agreed deals to sign Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira this summer.

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