Report: Newcastle have held talks with club about signing 'amazing' player Arsenal are desperate to land
Newcastle United have held initial talks with officials at Leeds United about signing Raphinha this summer, despite strong interest from Arsenal.
The Northern Echo reports how Newcastle have opened the line of discussion with Leeds when it comes to signing one of the most in-demand players on the market this summer. Raphinha is being tipped to move to Arsenal, who are close to signing his Brazilian teammate, Gabriel Jesus.
However, The Echo reports how Newcastle are ensuring they are kept well-informed of the situation surrounding Raphinha. And while there’s been no bid and there is a reluctance to go to the price Leeds want, Eddie Howe is keen to see how things pan out.
The Magpies are looking to improve their squad this summer after a fine end to last season. They’ve already signed Nick Pope from Burnley, while Sven Botman is on his way to St James’ Park to seal a big-money transfer.
With regards to Raphinha, Arsenal are thought to be hopeful of sealing a £50m transfer this week. However, Leeds can afford to play hardball after selling Kalvin Phillips, meaning all is not done and dusted. Newcastle, it seems, are simply waiting to pick up the pieces.
TBR’s View: Raphinha Would Flourish At Newcastle
While Arsenal will remain favourites to sign Raphinha, he is the sort of player who Newcastle fans would take to.
They’ve had heroes over the years and St James Park loves to watch Allan Saint-Maximin. Raphinha is a similar style of player to the Frenchman, and would bring the Toon Army to their feet.
Of course, it might be a pipe dream signing. But it’s good for Newcastle fans to hear their club are keeping in the loop with players.
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