Arsenal named as warning to Barcelona as they struggle to complete move

Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Barcelona’s bid to sign Raphinha is under doubt, with Arsenal amongst those interested in the Leeds forward’s signature.

The Brazil international has emerged as one of the most coveted players in the division with a number of impressive displays, and it is believed that he would already be at the Camp Nou had his side been relegated.

Barce were believed to be keen on triggering his release clause which was included in his contract, but after securing their Premier League life in a dramatic final day of the season, they are now demanding €55 Million, as confirmed by Romano today.

As much as I would like to see Raphinha added to the squad, that kind of transfer fee is likely to eat into our budget, and with a striker believed to be the priority, I want a top goalscorer brought in before we start splurging out.

I don’t believe we have a huge amount to spend in the current window, although that could be boosted by certain outgoings, and ideally we could cash-in on Nicolas Pepe and replace him with Raphinha with little expense, although it remains to be seen how much we could get for the Ivory Coast international.

Could we tempt Leeds with a swap deal including Pepe?


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  1. OT. About nketiahs fees article:

    – jesus/nketiah
    – Haaland/Alvarez
    – Nunez/firminho
    – lukaku/werner
    – ronaldo/rashford
    – kane/son

    I thinks its pretty clear who have the weakest strike force. Even leicester could be better than us when vardy is fit

    1. I actually find that quite heartening. Chelsea don’t look great and for utd, Ronaldo can’t go on forever and rashford hasn’t been great for a while. Liverpool, City and spurs are definitely looking strong in that dept although some new players might not hit the ground running

  2. A good scoring Winger is very much needed especially as it looks like we won’t be signing another striker apart from Jesus with Eddie’s new contract and Raphinha fits the bill and is Prem proven.
    From what we can gather from multiple reports is it looks like the intention is to make 5 signings(not including Marquinios) LCB,CM,AM RW,ST. Should we bring in Jesus, Raphinha, Tielemens, Viera and Martinez, i would class that as a decent window and I’d be reasonably happy with that.

    1. Then it’s all down to Arteta to prove his criticis wrong and show he is a good enough manager to get us back into the Champions league, whether that’s by finishing inside the top 4 or winning the Europa league with what no-one can now dispute is fully his squad of choice and has been sufficiently backed by the Kroenkes.

      1. @EastLDNGooner
        That’s what I’m waiting to see. Not as much who we sign but, how MA utilises whoever we get in order to get the desired results…IJS

    2. Me too. But to be honest, i find very difficult than arsenal could spend 55mm in a raphinha having saka. Dont misunderstand me..i see competion as something essensial, so, to me, nobody should be a guaranteed starter (i refuse every claim as rhe likes of “it could stop our youngsters develop”, etc, since the important thing to me is the team. But are we in condition to spend 55mm in a position where is our best player? Would not be wise to spend that in a striker like osimehn?

  3. Arsenal have 2 workaholics who positions themselves well. Man Utd with Ronaldo/Rashford can’t work.

  4. Don’t wast time on Raphinda. Raphinda has already more times told, that he prefers Barcelona and is ready to wait, until Barca has solved the financial issues. Why are we often going for unrealistic targets. Besides going for Raphinda doen’t make sense as cover for Saka. Do you really think Paphinda find this role attractive? So Arsenal please go for more realistic targets, please.

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