Leeds will reject Arsenal’s opening offer for winger Raphinha as they hold out for £60m valuation
Leeds will reject Arsenal’s opening offer for winger Raphinha as they hold onto a £60m valuation – with the north London club looking to strike back at the market after signing a £34m deal for Fabio Vieira
- Arsenal made their opening offer for Leeds winger Raphinha . on Tuesday evening
- Talks continue despite the offer being rejected as Gunners want to act quickly
- North London side are aiming to sign him and Brazil teammate Gabriel Jesus
- New Gunners signing Fabio Vieira shares same agents as Raphinha
Arsenal made their opening offer for Leeds United winger Raphinha on Tuesday night, although it is reportedly under his £60million price tag.
Leeds will decline the offer, although Arsenal will continue talks as they look for the Brazilian and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.
Talks with City are also progressing as Arsenal are looking to price a £50million forward for the Premier League champions.
Leeds will turn down Arsenal’s opening offer for winger Raphinha as they hold £60million
Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring developments, although they are aware that Jesus’ preference is for Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.
Brazil international Raphinha, 25, will be represented by the same agents as Fabio Vieira, who on Tuesday became the Gunners’ second announced signing of the summer after signing a £34 million deal from Porto.
After the announcement was announced, Technical Director Edu hinted at more newcomers, saying, “I think we’re still having some good, positive conversations to be honest,” he said. “I hope we can give the fans some good news.”
The North London side have now turned their attention to Raphinha, who is also of interest to Barcelona, as well as London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea.
The Leeds star’s reported preference is a move to the Camp Nou, but the Catalan giants’ financial troubles have made little progress on this front. the athletic also reports that the Brazilian is not Spurs’ first choice.
Talks continue as the Gunners look to sign him and Brazilian teammate Gabriel Jesus (above)
Raphinha has had two outstanding seasons since joining Leeds from Rennes, scoring 17 Premier League goals in 65 top games.
His current contract with Elland Road expires in 2024 and the Gunners are now eager to add him to their roster to compete for England international Bukayo Saka.
Arsenal also want Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez after an initial £25m proposal was rejected.
The Argentine is also interested in Manchester United, but central defender is not a priority for the Old Trafford club, who also want to get rid of Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe first.
Raphinha, 25, is being represented by the same agents as new £34m Arsenal who are Fabio Vieira . signs
But the Gunners will have to sell Nicolas Pepe and Lucas Torreira, among others.
The Ivorian winger has not yet sparked interest, as the Uruguayan midfielder saw a transfer to Fiorentina stall earlier this month.
The Italian club had an option to buy the midfielder for £13 million as part of his season-long lease with the club, but it was not activated.
And in a farewell message on social media, Torreira said: “Dear Fiorentina fans, unfortunately it is time to say goodbye.
Meanwhile, Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez remains a target for the club from North London
‘It is with great sadness that my ties with Fiorentina have been severed. A club that has given me so much love and support all along.
“From the start you made me feel at home. I discovered a beautiful city that was always kind to me, both on and off the field. Thanks to your trust, I have the consistency and shape I wanted to rediscover.
“I owe that to my teammates and all the fans who gave me energy game after game. I want you to know that on the field I have always given my all for these colors.
“A special thank you to the club’s staff: chefs, managers, physiotherapists, managers and security.”
But Arsenal will have to sell Nicolas Pepe and Lucas Torreira (above) among others