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Arsenal set for third summer signing as Raphinha hopes to ‘join this week’

Arsenal set for third summer signing as Raphinha hopes to ‘join this week’

Arsenal set for third summer signing as Raphinha hopes to ‘join this week’

Arsenal set for third summer signing as Raphinha hopes to ‘join this week’

Arsenal are set to sign Leeds United winger Raphinha this week, according to reports coming out of Brazil, with the forward no longer willing to wait for Barcelona.

It was thought that the Leeds man, whose agent is Barcelona legend Deco, was set on a move to the Camp Nou this summer, but in a shock twist. Goal Brazil now report that he is ready to forego that in order to finalise his future now, meaning that a move to Arsenal could be wrapped up this week.

‘The Brazilian does not wait for Barça and hopes to close his transfer to Arsenal this week’, they claim, while Leeds sources ‘know nothing’ about any firm Barcelona interest.

Arsenal set for third summer signing as Raphinha hopes to ‘join this week’

Raphinha could be an Arsenal player by the end of the week, according to reports. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images).

Should he make the move to the Emirates this summer, he would become their third signing of the summer, following compatriot Marquinhos and Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira to north London.

And it is not expected to end there.

What next for Arsenal?

The Gunners are seemingly ready to spend big this summer, with a deal for Gabriel Jesus also thought to be in the pipeline.

Beyond that, they are also keen on Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, though they may face competition from Manchester United for the versatile defender.

Meanwhile, a deal for Youri Tielemans has been mooted too, which, with the above signings, Raphinha and the money spent already, could take their spending in excess of the £150m that they spent last summer.

It would represent a massive step up in quality across the squad too, with Raphinha likely replacing current record-signing Nicolas Pepe as competition for young star Bukayo Saka.

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# Team MP D P
1 Leeds United
2 Manchester City
3 Manchester United
4 West Ham United
5 Everton FC
6 Southampton FC
7 Chelsea FC
8 Arsenal FC
9 Newcastle United
10 Leicester City
11 Liverpool FC
12 Aston Villa
13 Tottenham Hotspur
14 Fulham FC
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers
16 Crystal Palace
17 Nottingham Forest
18 Brighton & Hove Albion
19 AFC Bournemouth
20 Brentford FC
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 23
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 23
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 17
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 15
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Maddison, James Leicester City 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Richarlison Everton FC 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Raphinha Leeds United 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11
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