Arsenal transfer news: The Gunners continue to be linked with a move for Leeds United star Raphinha.
Arsenal have scheduled a meeting with Leeds United to discuss a potential transfer for Raphinha if recent reports are to be believed.
The north Londoners have been heavily linked with a move for the Brazilian international in recent times as manager Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his attacking options this summer. Hale End academy graduate Bukayo Saka played all 38 Premier League matches last season and bringing Raphinha to the Emirates Stadium would help lessen the offensive burden on Saka, with the former Lille star netting 11 league goals for a struggling Leeds team last term.The Athletic reported last week that the Gunners’ first bid for the 25-year-old was turned down by the west Yorkshire side, although they are widely expected to return with an improved offer in the coming days. Now, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has taken to social media to deliver an update on the situation involving the talented winger, claiming that Arsenal have scheduled a meeting with Jesse Marsch’s side for some time this week.
Writing on Twitter, Romano said: “Raphinha deal. Arsenal have already scheduled a meeting with Leeds next week – Leeds will ask again for £65m fee.
Barcelona still in contact with Deco after personal terms agreed, but no fresh bid yet. Tottenham and Chelsea, still in talks with agents. Race still open.”
Raphinha has been coy when asked about his future at Elland Road, claiming that it is all up to his agent Deco and the Yorkshire-based club. “I have a contract with Leeds until 2024, my future is in the hands of Deco and Leeds,” he said while on international duty with Brazil.”I have my mind set on the national team, on the game and also on my vacations. I have a contract with Leeds and this issue is resolved by my agent. When there is something, he will tell me.”