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Report: 'Outstanding' player would actually prefer to join Chelsea instead of Arsenal this summer

Leeds winger Raphinha would prefer a move to Chelsea over Arsenal this summer as interest ramps up in his signature.

The Athletic report that the Gunners have made a bid for the Brazil international but have seen it rejected already by Leeds.

And they have outlined the preferences of the winger if he was to leave Elland Road this summer, despite Leeds’ top flight survival.

A move to Barcelona is at the top of the list.

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Raphinha would prefer Chelsea over Arsenal

Raphinha has already agreed personal terms with the Nou Camp club and if they had the money then he would probably be there already.

But the report says that next in the pecking order are Chelsea, who could offer Champions League football.

They can now spend again after their takeover, although it remains to be seen what impact their uncertainty behind the scenes has had on their preparation for this window.

Then comes Arsenal and Tottenham, although of course it would be the Europa League at the Emirates Stadium and the Champions League on the other half of town.

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Raphinha had another great season at Elland Road, and among the compliments he got were former Leeds man Jonathan Woodgate calling him ‘outstanding‘ after the 3-0 win at Watford in April.

He would be a great signing for Arsenal, or any other club who managed to convince him to come, for that matter.

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea were linked with Raphinha last year before the takeover added such uncertainty over what they would be able to spend.

Maybe they will reignite their interest, especially if they know that the player would rather join them over any other Premier League club.

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