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Raphinha has been linked with a move to Arsenal for several weeks, however it has been reported that Chelsea are close to agreeing a fee with Leeds United for the player.
It is believed that conversations between Leeds United and Chelsea have reached a point where the Blues have verbally indicated that they would be willing to pay above £55 million to bring the Brazil international to West London this summer. This is a figure which would likely be acceptable to Leeds and it would then be up to Raphinha to determine where he is plying his trade next term.
Prior to being linked with a move to Arsenal or Chelsea, the Brazilian was expected to move to Barcelona, however as things stand the Catalan club aren’t in a financial position to make an offer close to the amount reportedly offered by the Blues.
It has also emerged that Newcastle United are interested in the Brazilian and reports indicate that the club have been having talks with Leeds over a potential deal. The Magpies are eyeing the player as a possible alternative to Moussa Diaby who they are struggling to sign. Nevertheless it has been suggested that the Tyneside outfit would be willing to pay up to £40 million to lure him from Elland Road this summer and this is far short of the figure allegedly offered by Chelsea.
Since moving to Elland Road, Raphinha has enjoyed two successful seasons at Leeds United with 17 goals in his 65 Premier League appearances. His current contract with Leeds lasts until 2024.
Raphinha 5/4 for move from Leeds United to Arsenal this summer
The odds on Raphinha moving from Elland Road to the Emirates Stadium before the end of the summer transfer window have shortened from around 4/1 to as low as 1/2 over the past few days.
It had been believed that the Brazilian winger was set to move to Barcelona as Leeds United edged ever closer to relegation into the Championship towards the end of last season. Nevertheless, with the West Yorkshire outfit having survived on the final weekend of the 2021/22 campaign, any hopes that Leeds supporters had of the 25-year-old staying at Elland Road have been dented following a rash of bets on him moving to the capital this summer.
Some bookies go best odds of 5/4 that Raphinha moves to Arsenal before the start of the 2022/23 season while some firms have him priced as low as 1/2 for such a move. He is available at best odds of 11/4 for a move to Barcelona this summer while he is a general 5/1 to stay with his current employers.
He found the back of the net six times in his first season at Leeds United and he scored a further eleven in 2021/22 when he became first-choice penalty taker due to the lengthy absence of Patrick Bamford. His excellent form at Leeds resulted in him being called up for international duty for Brazil in August last year in the World Cup qualifying campaign.
Raphinha Club After Summer Transfer Window Best Odds
5/4 – Arsenal
11/4 – Barcelona
5/1 – Leeds United
20/1 – Atletico Madrid
20/1 – Manchester United
20/1 – Liverpool
22/1 – Tottenham Hotspur