Arsenal & Tottenham Join Race For Leeds United's Raphinha

by Marko Vrakela
Premier League Update
Premier League Update

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have joined Barcelona in the race to land in-demand Leeds United winger Raphinha.

Cash-strapped Barcelona face the prospect of being priced out of their long-term pursuit of the Selecao international, as per The Athletic.

Despite being touted as Raphinha's next destination over the past couple of months, the Catalans could end up empty-handed.

With Barca's debts going north of £1billion, Xavi's side will likely be unable to match Leeds' staggering demands for their prized asset.

It seems that the Whites have already reconciled with losing their headline performer in the summer.

However, they are reluctant to sanction any deal for less than their rumoured £60-70million valuation.

Since Leeds are reluctant to budge on Raphinha's price, Barcelona may have to turn their attention toward other alternatives.

Without the financial muscle to compete with wealthy Premier League admirers, the LaLiga strugglers could pave the wave for Arsenal and Tottenham to land the 25-year-old.

Both London sides are keen on landing the former Rennes forward, albeit for opposing reasons.

After failing to qualify for the Champions League for the sixth season running, the Gunners are desperate to bolster their ranks this summer.

Mikel Arteta has identified Raphinha as an ideal reinforcement for his depleted attack.

Crippled by Alexandre Lacazette's return to Lyon, Arsenal are said to be making strides to beat their fellow north London rivals to the sought-after Brazilian.

However, watch out for Antonio Conte, who is known as a stubborn suitor.

The Italian manager, who helped Tottenham pip Arsenal to a fourth-place Premier League finish last season, is also a big fan of Raphinha.

Spurs have developed an over-reliance on their standout duo, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

Aware of that, Conte is hell-bent on adding another world-class forward, with Raphinha reportedly topping his wishlist. 

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