Arsenal have the advantage in the race for Raphinha

Arsenal have advantage in Raphinha chase

The good thing about this summer is that not only Arsenal are being linked to a whole host of names, it is being reliably reported by the big hitters that they are genuinely interested in a whole host of names.

And those names are proven footballers in one of the best leagues in the world.

It has been recently reported by The Athletic’s David Ornstein that the Gunners are set to intensify their efforts to sign Raphinha from fellow Premier League outfit Leeds United.

The news broke not long after it was reported by Fabrizio Romano that the North London outfit have reached a verbal agreement with Man City for the signature of Gabriel Jesus.

The 25-year-old can be re-united to his countryman at North London if positive talks between Arsenal and Leeds continue.

And there is certainly an advantage the Gunners have in the dogfight chase for the Leeds star.

First of all, no club bids for a player if they have been told by the player and his representatives that they will not be open to a move to the club.

Raphinha and his agent have certainly whispered something in the ears of the Arsenal hierarchy that the club’s faithful will be delighted about.

Secondly, The Athletic also reported that the other serious suitors for the 25-year-old are now behind Arsenal for the player’s signature.

Barcelona, the player’s top priority, don’t have the cash to splash on Raphinha. Whereas Chelsea and Spu*s are focusing on Raheem Sterling and Richarlison respectively.

It has placed Arsenal on a pole position for the signature of the Brazilian.

Leeds are said to be sympathetic to Raphinha’s ambition to play in European competition and won’t block a move if their valuation is met.

Since signing for the West Yorkshire side in 2020, the former Sporting Lisbon man has scored 17 and assisted 11 times in 66 appearances.

The fact that he managed 14 goal contributions last season in a struggling Leeds side, just shows how special he is.

The Brazilian is one of the hottest properties in Europe in the current transfer window, with many clubs believed to be interested in landing him.

Credit must be given to Edu and the technical staff at London Colney for positioning themselves at the top of the queue.

With Jesus set to arrive and Arsenal already having the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli and Marquinhos, I think it’s time for the Arsenal fans to join Samba classes.

Favella football is coming to the Emirates Stadium!!!

Yash Bisht

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  1. When you put it that way looks like a strong enough attack for Top6 finish at least again this year. I don’t see any CF worth shouting about though Raphinia is an interesting signing & a super player.

    Front 3 of Raphinia – Jesus – Saka, looks like Martinelli & Eddie will start on the bench most games since we have spent so much on Raph & Jesus.

    Øde, Smithrowe & Vieria can also play out wide and have the creative responsibility of the team this season.

    The good thing is we have 5 subs this year so plenty of game time for all the forwards and looks like enough cover for injuries & suspensions.

    I would assume next summer if we manage to get UCL by Top4 or Europa League win we will splash out on a proper CF like Osimhen from Napoli,
    I wouldn’t think any Prolific Top Striker would come to us without it. A targetan like Scamacca type who’s available may be an option come January.

    If we still bring in Martinez & Teilimans to add to Salibas return, plus the full fitness returns of Partey (is ready to go) & Teirney who is almost ready for pre season. To have everybody brought/bought in on the field with the returning players come pre season will be a huge bonus.

    Iv been very critical of the Jesus deal and still am but what can we do it’s happening, he is a good player and will do for what we need I guess this season. I admire his pressing and workrate but not the money being paid for him & his huge silly wages

  2. OT;Chelsea are also eyeing neymar and CR7,HAHAHA they seem not to know what’s best for them,long may it continue.United are close to signing antony,i would have love we move for him but raphinha is more than OK for me.A fierce 2022/23 season i’m expecting,our ‘underdog’ status should be used as an advantage hopefully we come out in flying colors.COYG

    1. I suspect Chelsae will decline with the change of ownership – certainly there are no guarantees that they’ll be as they were.

  3. Marina Granovskaia was on my mind for the Arsenal job, but Edu seems to hear my cry and fight back in spectacular fashion.

    I always suspect the gaffer would be given a tidy war chest, but the signing we are making is truly impressive, Raphinha is a marquee signing we should not take lightly, he is a game changer that could take us close.

    Maybe a certain writer was right, the head coach not only smart he is hungry as hell.

  4. With the ever growing amount of Brazilian contingent in our squad, if I was Adidas I would be designing the yellow and blue away kit for the 2023-24, that would probably produce record sales. 🤔

    1. I’m pretty sure our revenue and fan base in Brazil would rise with Arsenal planning for this anyway. AW did exactly the same with French players and it worked!

  5. With that line up MA would have fantastic rotation options. We’re going to need good rotation with Thursday’s in EL and Sunday’s in EPL. If we can get Martinez too at LB and keep Saliba that would also be massive for rotation and defensive cover! Let’s get it done already. We should be looking at CL next year and MA would have no excuses.

  6. How long does it take to structure a bid ??? Really Arsenal needs to stop wasting time on signings & just get the job done. For a player who scored more goals then every Arsenal player last season in weaker team pay him what he wants.

  7. Depressing to find the article AND a good number of posts have already taken as certain that Raphinha will DEFINITELY become our player. MANY A SLIP TWIXT CUP AND LIP is my way of thinking and I REFUSE to get carried away with enthusiasm unless and until our club announce the signings of these players.

    I have far less “youthful enthusiasm” for the SANTA CLAUS nature of our owner than many fans are showing and far too soon , if at all, IMO , esp about Raphinha.
    I DO believe, and have from the beginning been pretty certain, we would get Jesus.

  8. Not very excited about Raphinha.

    I read a report saying that he’s “going to take a few days to think over the offers, hoping that Barcelona make a move for him”.

    Who wants a player with that mentality? He’ll be the next Aubameyang, playing badly to end his contract and we waste £65 m for nothing.

    I’m not even convinced that he’d be worth £65m if his head were properly in the game.

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