Arsenal ‘believe smooth signing of Fabio Vieira will help them secure £50m Raphinha transfer’
Arsenal ‘believe a smooth signing of Fabio Vieira will help them secure £50million Raphinha transfer from Leeds, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s super agent Jorge Mendes at the heart of both deals’
- Arsenal ‘hope Fabio Vieira’s upcoming signing will help lure Raphinha’
- The Gunners are about to announce Vieira’s arrival from Porto for £34m
- Raphinha has been linked with a move to Barcelona after impressing in Leeds
- The two Arsenal goals share the same desk as striker Cristiano Ronaldo
- Emirates insiders ‘confident that Vieira deal will create ripple effect’
- The smooth nature of talks with Vieira’s agent could encourage a Raphinha deal
Arsenal hope the £34m signing of Porto’s Fabio Vieira will help open the door in their hunt for Leeds star Raphinha, according to reports.
The Brazilian was tipped to move to Barcelona after an impressive second season in the Premier League, but negotiations with the Spanish giants stalled due to their lingering financial complications.
The winger’s agent – former Barcelona and Chelsea star Deco – is believed to be meeting with Nou Camp chiefs in Catalonia later this week to get an update on the club’s purchasing power.
New Gunners signing Fabio Vieira shares same agency as next transfer target Raphinha
Arsenal set to make £50m bid for Raphinha as they sign Leeds winger
However, the Gunners are now reportedly preparing a £50million bid for Raphinha, keen to beat competition from Barcelona and rivals Tottenham, who have also expressed interest in a possible move.
Since Raphinha and Vieira are both represented by the same agency Gestifute, Emirates insiders are confident that a smooth closing of one deal will create a ripple effect in pursuing the other, according to The Telegraph†
Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes – the leader of Gestifute and the famous representative of Cristiano Ronaldo – played a vital role in overseeing Vieira’s move to north London and is a close associate of Deco.
Jorge Mendes is the well-known agent of Cristiano Ronaldo and the leader of the agency Gestifute
Mikel Arteta would like to have a stronger squad with more options for the new season
Following the Gunners’ apparently swift and efficient negotiations with Porto for Vieira, Mendes could encourage the ex-Portuguese international to reject his former club in favor of Arsenal, especially given the protracted nature of Barcelona’s negotiations.
Raphinha scored 11 and assisted three in 35 Premier League appearances last campaign, helping Leeds avoid the fall on the final day of the season with a crucial penalty against Brentford.
If Arsenal manage to lure the 25-year-old, it could force star man Bukayo Saka to switch to the left wing, with Nicolas Pepe, a club-record candidate, to leave the Emirates this summer.