After supposedly contacting Leeds’ star, Tottenham are ready to swoop in and steal the deal. This summer, according to the Standard, Antonio Conte plans to bring in a new forward. Richarlison of Everton had been a particular focus for him.
Published: 21 June 2022
Raphinha, a teammate of Conte’s in Brazil, is now thought to be his preferred choice. Personal conditions had already been worked out between Barcelona and the winger. Leeds’ £60 million price tag, on the other hand, is out of reach for them. As a result, Arsenal was able to initiate negotiations this week. Vieira’s £35 million transfer to Arsenal has already been completed.
Vieira and Raphinha are both clients of Jorge Mendes’ Gestifute agency, so Mikel Arteta aims to capitalize on it. Vieira’s negotiations went over without a hitch, and all parties were able to reach an agreement fast. According to the Telegraph, Arsenal is also hoping to reach an agreement with Raphinha on a similar terms.
Raphinha’s reps have contacted Tottenham and are threatening to derail Arteta’s plans. North London rivals Arsenal will be competing in the Champions League next season. It’s possible that Raphinha will chose the Seagulls over the Gunners for that reason alone. As a result of Barcelona’s last-ditch effort to keep Ousmane Dembele, Chelsea are also keeping an eye on the issue. Leeds, on the other hand, may be reluctant to talk to the Blues because of their long-standing rivalry in the league.