Leeds' Raphinha attracting interest from Arsenal and Tottenham with Barcelona funds in doubt

Leeds’ Raphinha attracting interest from Arsenal and Tottenham with Barcelona funds in doubt

Leeds’ Raphinha is a target for both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur this summer, amid concerns Barcelona will be unable to fund a deal for the forward, The Athletic understand.

Chelsea are also understood to hold an interest in the 25-year-old, although they are also working on a deal for Ousmane Dembele, who is poised to leave Barcelona on a free transfer.

Leeds are open to selling Raphinha providing the club’s valuation of the player is met.

He has been repeatedly linked with a move to Barcelona, ​​but there are growing concerns over whether or not the La Liga side can fund a deal.

The Spanish side have debts of more than £1 billion and strict controls on their recruitment and expenditure.

That has opened the door to the Premier League’s north London rivals — who both hold an interest in the Brazil international.

Tottenham are also interested in Everton’s Richarlison, however, and it is understood Antonio Conte’s side will not sign both Brazilians this summer.

Tottenham’s managing director of football Fabio Paratici is known to operate by lining up multiple targets to ensure that if one falls through, there is a back-up option.

Raphinha has enjoyed two fine seasons since moving to play for Leeds in the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa, scoring 17 goals in 65 top-flight appearances.

The Athletic reported earlier this month that Leeds are sympathetic to Raphinha’s ambition and do not intend to be unfair or obstructive if their valuation is met.

It is understood that Leeds no longer anticipate him accepting a new contract — something that appeared to be on the cards midway through the season — and although Raphinha has not directly asked for a transfer, it is no secret that he sees himself playing in European competition .

Tottenham have already been very active in the summer transfer market. They have completed the signings of Fraser Forster and Ivan Perisic on free transfers, while The Athletic reported on Tuesday that they are also in talks to sign Djed Spence and have agreed a fee for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma.

Arsenal have, meanwhile, added Marquinhos and goalkeeper Matt Turner to their squad ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

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