How Frenkie de Jong’s transfer from Man United is a blow to Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea in the race for Raphinha
Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are all reportedly interested in a move for Leeds United winger Raphinha this summer. The Brazilian is believed to be in demand, after a season where he scored 11 goals and assisted three in 35 Premier League appearances.
The three London clubs are hoping to add the 25-year-old as part of a refresh in the transfer window. The Gunners were the last side linked, with Mikel Arteta looking to advance his side and return to the Champions League.
They were piped to this in the previous campaign by Tottenham, with Antonio Conte eyeing a quality move deep to keep his side competing at the top. Meanwhile, the Blues are in need of a rebuild after a number of key players left and the new ownership regime began under Todd Boehly.
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Leeds are reportedly asking for more than £50million to let Raphinha leave this summer, but London sides aren’t the only interested parties. La Liga giants Barcelona are also said to be in the running, with fabrice romano reporting that personal terms have been agreed with his agent, but no agreement has been reached between the two clubs.
This may partly be due to the Blaugrana’s financial difficulties. Barcelona are widely known to be struggling with their recent finances, with players unable to be registered or transferred for a lower fee.
And that seems to be the case for Raphinha as journalist Charles Watts said on his YouTube channel that the Brazilian could move to the Nou Camp but it would depend on their funding. This is where Manchester United could step in.
The Red Devils are reportedly keen on Frenkie de Jong, the midfielder previously playing under new boss Erik ten Hag during his time at Ajax. Although nothing is agreed, reports indicate that an offer of £60m could be enough to secure his services.
That would be enough to land Raphinha for the Catalan side, with the Reds delivering a huge double whammy by strengthening their own squad and preventing their rivals from signing a player they are interested in.