Brazilian goalscorer tipped to snub Arsenal in favour of Spain move

Journalist Jamie Jackson has claimed that he expects Raphinha to join Barcelona this summer, despite strong links over a move from Leeds United to Arsenal.

The winger has firmly established himself in the Premier League in recent seasons, playing a vital role in keeping the Elland Road club in the English top tier ahead of the new season, and that victory could well have blocked his transfer.

It is claimed that he and his agent Deco had already agreed personal terms over a move to Barca, only for the club to struggle to meet the asking price of his current club, having previously hope to sign him for the relegation release clause which was expected to become active, only for his side to save themselves at the death.

The Yorkshire club are now believed to be setting a lofty asking price with a strong interest from a number of top clubs in regards to his signature, which was believed to be pricing the Catalan club out of the running, but the Guardian’s Jamie Jackson claims that he still expects them to get their man, albeit with a delay until they have raised their budget through sales.

I feel like it isn’t just Barca who are being priced out at the reported asking price, as I don’t really see us shelling out upwards of £50 Million to sign a winger, given the importance in improving other areas of the team.

It almost feels as if the player may be using our reported interest to push others into making their move, but Leeds may struggle to get the asking price that is being claimed. I wouldn’t be shocked if the player himself had to push for an exit and bring his price down to a more realistic fee, although it remains to be seen whether we will be in the hunt when push comes to shove.

Would Raphinha improve our side enough to warrant a £50 Million+ fee this summer?

Patrick

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  1. I don’t believe that he is better than Martinelli or Saka.
    I’m looking at his numbers and he’s clearly over-priced. Why can’t we buy Gakpo or Gnabry? And by the way why are they neglecting the midfield? Whenever Partey didn’t play last term, our back- line was totally exposed leading to many goals taken. That to me is a more pressing issue than a winger. We should buy Prowse or Tielmans

  2. Not exactly sure what to make of our potential pursuit of this player due in large part to where he normally plies his trade, positionally-speaking, his probable 50+M price tag and what this, and the Vieira get, might mean from both a tactical and asset management perspective

    there’s little doubt that he’s a talented individual, whose mere presence makes us a better team, but at what cost…now if we hadn’t acquired Ode last off-season and we had shown some positional flexibility with Saka, as I still believe he posed more of a threat coming from deeper positions on the left, then this and the Vieira moves makes perfect sense

    of course, this wasn’t the case, so one might start to wonder if we’re preparing for life without Saka, as there’s no way that we would pay such a steep price simply to replace the hardly used Pepe, or are we looking to make a substantial tactical shift that could somehow incorporate Saka, Vieira, Raphinha, Partey and MA’s bestie, Ode

    although I would like nothing more than to see us adopt a far more aggressive tactical approach, this seems a bit far-fetched, considering what has been on offer thus far with MA at the helm…furthermore, I would hate to see players the likes of ESR and Marts fall further down the pecking order, albeit I wouldn’t be surprised whatsoever, as MA has never favored either of these particular players

    obviously, this is all speculative, as these swirling rumors might be totally baseless, but after the somewhat surprising Vieira move, it just makes me wonder if we’re actually going to properly redress our most pressing needs or are we going to attempt to recreate Pep’s City gig at the Emirates, with no “real” target man up top…just not sure we have either the requisite skillsets or budgetary flexibility to pursue such a course, even if Vieira, Raphinha and JG are brought into the fold

    regardless, this should be a very intriguing month or so, as I’m not exactly sure how things will all shakeout, especially on the heels of our first and rather unexpected “substantial” purchase…fingers-crossed this doesn’t turn into Wenger-like “luxury” recruitment tour, with no definitive plan in place

  3. We don’t need him, we will be playing with a front 3 so buy Jesus and we have martinelle, ESR, new Brazilian lad, saka, and Jesus for the wide position,
    And buy a new tall striker and we will have him, nekitha, and Jesus competing for the striker role..

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