Arsenal submit offer to Leeds United for Raphinha

Arsenal have sent a formal offer to Leeds United for winger Raphinha, The Athletic understands.

It is believed Arsenal made contact with their Premier League counterparts on Tuesday and indicated their intention to submit a proposal.

A bid is thought to have followed this evening but it fell well below Leeds’ valuation and is expected to be rejected out of hand.

Arsenal are firm admirers of Raphinha and want to add him to their attacking options.

The 25-year-old Brazil international has long been expected to join Barcelona and the Catalan side are known to be his favored option, although their pursuit is complicated by financial problems.

After Barcelona, ​​Chelsea are said to be Raphinha’s preferred destination and not only would a move there provide Champions League football but potentially also a better chance of winning major trophies.

Then come Arsenal – they play Europa League football next season – and Tottenham, who qualified for the Champions League and are considering Raphinha but he is not their first-choice option.

Raphinha has enjoyed two fine seasons since moving to Leeds, scoring 17 Premier League goals in 65 top-flight appearances.

The Athletic reported earlier this month that Leeds are sympathetic to Raphinha’s ambition and do not intend to be unfair or obstructive if their valuation is met.

It is understood that Leeds no longer anticipate Raphinha accepting a new contract – something that appeared to be on the cards midway through the season – and although he has not directly asked for a transfer, it is no secret that he sees himself playing in European competition .

Raphinha’s current deal is due to expire in 2024.

Arsenal have already agreed deals to sign Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira this summer.

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