Arsenal fans may have good reason to keep an eye on latest Leeds United transfer rumour - opinion
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Arsenal fans may have good reason to keep an eye on latest Leeds United transfer rumour - opinion

Arsenal may well be encouraged by the latest transfer rumour coming from Leeds, concerning a potential Raphinha replacement.

Reports in Portugal suggest that Leeds have made a second bid for Porto winger Otavio amid the uncertainty over Raphinha’s future.

A Bola claim that after seeing a £25.8 million offer turned down, Leeds have now upped it to £34.3 million to try and get their man.

Offering that kind of money for a player who plays out wide, when they currently do not need one unless there is a departure suggests one thing.

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Arsenal bid may mean Leeds need Raphinha replacement

That is that Leeds are already planning for life without Raphinha and are trying to get their ducks in a row before his exit is confirmed.

It seems that Arsenal are currently the club most likely to sign Raphinha, making offers of their own, which have so far been turned down.

But Fabrizio Romano says that the Gunners are going to ramp up their efforts next week to sign Raphinha, and they might have more chance of succeeding if Leeds have their replacement lined up.

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Barcelona is the club that Raphinha would ideally like to join, we all know that but they do not have the money to sign him.

And if Barca cannot stump up the cash, then Arsenal have every chance of getting their man if they make a significant offer.

One potential stumbling block is Leeds’ improved financial position with the impending sale of Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City.

That could be how Leeds are planning on funding the Otavio deal, but it is more likely that they are getting their replacement lined up before Raphinha is even sold.

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