Leeds winger Raphinha is ‘attracting interest from Arsenal and Tottenham’ with Spanish giants Barcelona looking unlikely to be able to fund a deal for the £55m-rated Brazilian this summer
- Leeds winger Raphinha is attracting interest from both Tottenham and Arsenal
- The 25-year-old has been linked heavily with Barcelona over the recent months
- The Catalan giants may not be able to fund a deal with Leeds wanting £55million
Leeds United winger Raphinha is reportedly attracting interest from both Arsenal and Tottenham with Barcelona potentially not able to fund a deal this summer.
The Brazilian attacker has become one of the most exciting attacking players in the league of late, and his performances have drawn interest from a number of Europe’s elite.
The 25-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move to Barcelona, but there are growing concerns over whether or not the LaLiga side can fund a deal, according to The Athletic.
Leeds winger Raphinha is reportedly attracting interest from both Arsenal and Tottenham
The Brazilian’s performances have drawn interest from a number of Europe’s elite this summer
Leeds have previously stated that they want £55million for the Brazilian winger in order to sell their star player.
It was also previously reported that Leeds require two conditions to be met: firstly, that their price tag for the player is achieved and secondly that that money is not paid in instalments.
Clearly, for a club in as dire financial straits as Barca, meeting those conditions could prove difficult, with the Catalan giants having debts of more than £1 billion and strict controls on their recruitment and expenditure.
Therefore it has opened the door for Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham to express an interest.
Both Gunners boss Mikel Arteta (left) and Spurs manager Antonio Conte (right) are determined to bolster their squads with both sides’ looking at Raphinha as a good option this summer
Both Gunners boss Mikel Arteta and Spurs manager Antonio Conte are determined to bolster their squads with both sides’ looking at Raphinha as a good option this summer.
Although, Raphinha hasn’t asked for a move, the club does not expect him a to sign a new contract with his ambition being to play in the European competitions.
The winger has impressed since arriving at Elland Road two seasons ago where he has scored 17 goals in 65 games in the top-flight.
Manager Jesse Marsch said last month that the Brazilian remains committed to the club and said his crucial performances in ensuring Leeds’ survival for another season in the top flight was emblematic of that.
Leeds boss Jesse Marsch insisted that Raphinha remains committed to the club last month
‘He is 100 per cent invested,’ Marsch said. ‘His emotion, which has been talked about, can be interpreted as lack of discipline. I see it as total investment. That part has been no thought for me.’
Raphinha scored 11 goals in 35 Premier League appearances for Leeds last season.
The Whites survived relegation on the final day of the campaign as they won 2-1 away at Brentford, with the 25-year-old holding his nerve to open the scoring from the penalty spot.
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