Arsenal ready to bend Barcelona to sign Raphinha


LONDON – Arsenal have begun to square off to bend Barcelona in the hunt for Raphinha’s signature. The club nicknamed the London Cannon wants to take advantage of this opportunity to bring in the 25-year-old striker.

Raphinha successfully hypnotized a number of top clubs in Europe while defending Leeds United in the 2021-2022 English League. Initially, Barcelona became the club at the forefront of wanting to attract the Brazilian national team player.

Raphinha even wanted to leave for Barcelona, ​​but there were obstacles that approached the elite Spanish League club. The reason is, Leeds United fixes the price of Raphinha at 50 million euros or equivalent to Rp. 779.2 billion.

However, Barcelona did not accept the price because of the financial crisis. Even though the Spanish giants hope that Leeds United will be relegated from the Premier League. So, they will activate Raphinha’s half-price release clause to just 25 million euros or the equivalent of IDR 389.5 billion.

However, Leeds were not relegated from the Premier League. Therefore, Barcelona are confused about paying the price set by Leeds.

According to a report from Football Espana, Tuesday (21/6/2022), Arsenal want to take advantage of this opportunity. The Gunners are reportedly the leading club to get Raphinha.

On the other hand, Raphinha is increasingly frustrated waiting for confirmation from the Blaugrana. So, he is ready to accept the offer of the Gunners. “Barcelona look set to lose to Arsenal in the race for Leeds United star Raphinha.

Raphinha is frustrated by Barcelona’s hesitancy over a move and he wants to finalize the deal before pre-season training begins,” Football Espana said in a statement. Meanwhile, Arsenal do not want to pay Leeds’ full asking price of 50 million euros. Mikel Arteta’s team bid at a price of 45 million euros on the table, ahead of the final days of negotiations.