Man Utd and Liverpool join Raphinha transfer race sparking huge Premier League fight with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham | The SunJune 24, 2022
MANCHESTER UNITED and Liverpool have reportedly joined the transfer race for Raphinha.
And that has sparked a major Premier League battle for the Brazilian's signature.
London trio Chelsea, Tottenham and particularly Arsenal are interested in landing him this summer.
The Gunners saw their first bid rejected but are set to go back to Leeds with an improved offer.
However, as reported by Sport in Spain, they now face competition from the powerhouses in the North-West.
But it is understood Raphinha has so far kept the door closed on a transfer within the Premier League.
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His dream move would still be to Barcelona – but their financial struggles could rule a deal out, especially if they succeed in their pursuit of Robert Lewandowski.
Personal terms with Barca are said to have been arranged way back in March thanks to the forward being represented by ex-Nou Camp hero Deco.
It is though both he and Raphinha remain hopeful of securing a deal to take the nine-cap international to LaLiga.
The Sport report adds Barcelona could wrap up a deal by the end of June – with the Catalan giants needing to stump up around £43million.
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However, it is thought English clubs are being told that the figure required is more like £65m.
Manchester United are yet to make their first transfer of the Erik ten Hag era with Antony's switch from Ajax still not done while team-mate Jurrien Timber and Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong could also be on their way to Old Trafford.
Liverpool, meanwhile, sold Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich for £35m this week – although have already captured Darwin Nunez.
Should Raphinha join Arsenal, though, that could throw up further question marks over where Bukayo Saka's future lies, with both players seemingly best operating on the right.
Leeds, who narrowly avoided relegation at the end of last season, are already working hard to bring in a replacement.
And PSV's 23-year-old ace Cody Gakpo is one possible option.
The winger scored 21 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions for the Dutch side last season, making him one of the club's highest-performing players.
PSV are demanding around £26m for their star man, so he will be well within Leeds' price range if they did sell Raphinha.
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