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 as much 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', it is claimed, while Leeds sources 'know nothing' about any firm Barcelona interest.

Should he make the move to the Emirates, Raphinha would become Arsenal's 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 the Gunners may face competition from Manchester United for the versatile defender.

Meanwhile, a deal for Youri Tielemans has been mooted, too, which, alongside the aforementioned signings, Raphinha and the money spent already, could take their outlay beyond the £150m spent last summer.

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

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Ben Browning

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