Barcelona’s proposed £43m transfer gives Mikel Arteta key leverage in Arsenal’s pursuit of Raphinha – Bailey Keogh

Arsenal are in line to secure the signing of Raphinha from Leeds United in the summer transfer window. It’s uncertain whether a move will happen but Robert Lewandowski’s transfer decision could help Arsenal in their pursuit of the Brazilian.

According to German news outlet BILD, Barcelona are preparing a €50m (£43m) bid for Lewandowski which they hope will tempt Bayern Munich to consider selling. This offer will come despite the reported financial issues regarding the La Liga side.

It’s potentially because of this deal that Barcelona won’t be able to financially compete with the Gunners in their pursuit of Raphinha, with both clubs interested. This means Lewandowski’s move to Barcelona could give Arsenal clear access to the Brazilian.

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According to Brazil’s GOAL, Raphinha is close to signing for Arsenal. The player doesn’t know anything about Barcelona’s interest yet. A deal could be done this week, while transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims a potential move could cost £65million

Despite Arsenal’s interest, it looks like the Leeds United winger would prefer a move to Barcelona as the player agreed to personal terms in February according to Romano. But a deal has stalled as Barcelona have been unable to meet Leeds’ asking price.

Since joining Leeds in 2020, Raphinha has been their main threat, which is one of the main reasons why he was recognized by the Brazilian national team. He has also attracted interest from Europe’s elite clubs.

Speaking to the press ahead of Brazil’s friendly with Japan in June, Raphinha spoke about his future at Leeds but made it clear his intention was to do anything to play for Brazil in Qatar.

“If I say it doesn’t matter, I’d be lying,” Raphinha said, as Globo reported. “Knowing that there are less than six months left for the Cup, you have to be active in the clubs, it weighs on the decision, but I have confidence in my potential

“If it’s to stay or go, I’ll do my best, find my place and try to be good for the World Cup.”

Questions then followed about his future at Leeds, to which he replied: “The next game, against Japan.

“Then I go on vacation. I have a contract with Leeds until 2024, my future is in the hands of Deco and Leeds, I am thinking of the national team, the game and also my vacation, we need I have a contract with Leeds and this problem is solved by my manager, when something goes well, he sends [it to] me.”

It would have seemed odd for Arsenal to be linked with the Brazilian as the Gunners already have two left-footed wingers who are the strongest on the right side in Bukayo Saka and Pepe. However, the Ivorian has seriously struggled for playing time at the Emirates this season which puts his future at the club in doubt.

Raphinha would certainly be a great acquisition for the Gunners. Lewandowski’s potential move to Barcelona could see Edu land his dream signing.