Leeds will reject Arsenal’s opening offer for winger Raphinha as they hold out for £60m valuation – with the north London club looking to strike again in the market after sealing £34m deal for Fabio Vieira
- Arsenal made their opening bid for Leeds winger Raphinha on Tuesday night
- Talks will continue despite bid being rejected as Gunners look to act quickly
- North London side are aiming to sign him and Brazil team-mate Gabriel Jesus
- New Gunners signing Fabio Vieira shares the same agents as Raphinha
Arsenal on Tuesday night made their opening bid for Leeds United winger Raphinha though it is understood to be below his £60million price tag.
Leeds will reject the offer though Arsenal will continue discussions as they look to sign the Brazilian and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.
Talks are progressing with City too as Arsenal look to prise away a striker the Premier League champions value at £50m.
Leeds will reject Arsenal’s opening offer for winger Raphinha as they hold out for £60m
Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain are understood to be monitoring developments though they are aware Jesus’s preference is to link up with Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.
Brazil international Raphinha, 25, is represented by the same agents as Fabio Vieira, who on Tuesday became the Gunners’ second announced signing of the summer after joining in a £34m deal from Porto.
After it was announced, technical director Edu hinted at more new arrivals, saying: ‘I think we still have some good, positive conversations to be fair,’ he said. ‘I hope we can give to the fans some good news.’
The north London side have now turned their attentions to Raphinha, who is also interesting Barcelona, as well as London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea.
The Leeds star’s reported preference is a move to the Camp Nou but the Catalan giants’ financial issues has seen little progress on the matter. The Athletic also report the Brazilian is not Spurs’ first-choice option.
Talks will continue as the Gunners look to sign him and Brazil team-mate Gabriel Jesus (above)
Raphinha has had two excellent seasons since joining Leeds from Rennes, having netted 17 Premier League goals in 65 top-flight matches.
His current contract at Elland Road is set to run out in 2024, and the Gunners are now keen on adding him to their squad as competition for England international Bukayo Saka.
Arsenal also want Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez after having an initial £25m proposal rejected.
The Argentine has interest from Manchester United also but centre back is not a priority for the Old Trafford club who would also like to offload Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe first.
Raphinha, 25, is represented by the same agents as new £34m Arsenal signing Fabio Vieira
But the Gunners will need to sell Nicolas Pepe and Lucas Torreira among others.
The Ivorian winger has yet to attract any interest, while the Uruguay midfielder saw a move to Fiorentina fall through earlier this month.
The Italian club had an option to buy the midfielder for £13m as part of his season-long loan deal at the club, but it was not activated.
And in a farewell message on social media, Torreira said: ‘Dear Fiorentina fans, unfortunately the time has come to say goodbye.
Meanwhile, Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez remains a target for the north London club
‘It is with great sadness that my bond with Fiorentina is ended. A club that gave me so much love and support for all this time.
‘From the start, you made me feel at home. I discovered a marvellous city that was always kind to me, both on and off the field. Thanks to your trust, I was able to rediscover the consistency and form I wanted.
‘I owe that to my teammates and all the fans who gave me energy game after game. I want you to know that I always gave everything on the pitch for these colours.
‘A special thank you to the staff of the club: chefs, managers, physiotherapists, managers and security.’
But Arsenal will need to sell Nicolas Pepe and Lucas Torreira (above) among others