Report: Arsenal now working on their 'most complicated' deal of the summer to back up Vieira arrival
Arsenal surprised everyone by making a move for Fabio Vieira last week and are now set to press on with their pursuit of Leeds winger, Raphinha.
The Brazilian is thought to feature high on the wanted list for Mikel Arteta this summer and is thought to be open to leaving Leeds. The Whites are looking for a big fee for Raphinha, though, thought to be in the region of around £55m.
And according to The Mirror, Arsenal are now actively working on a deal to sign Raphinha, albeit there is an acceptance that it will be a difficult deal to complete. The Mirror reports how the Gunners see the signing of Raphinha as their ‘most complicated’ transfer of the summer.
A number of factors are making life difficult for the Gunners when it comes to signing Raphinha. One of the issues is Nicolas Pepe remains on the books at Arsenal. It’s suggested that without the Ivorian leaving, then Arsenal might not have room to accommodate the Leeds ace.
Further, Leeds’ big asking price is causing the Gunners some concern. It’s believed Mikel Arteta is hoping to part-fund the transfer by selling off the aforementioned Pepe.
TBR’s View: Arsenal Should Be Going All Out For Raphinha
It sounds like they are giving it a good go, in fairness to them. But of all the attacking players Arsenal have been linked with, you’d have to say Raphinha makes the most sense.
He is already proven at this level for a start, and there’d be little needed in terms of bedding into the league.
Further, Raphinha seems to be getting better and better. Since being part of the Brazil set up, he seems to have added more to his game and with a World Cup around the corner, he’ll be desperate to prove himself in the run up to December.
Ultimately, this is a no-brainer signing for Arsenal.
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