Arsenal backed to complete signing of £60m winger with Arteta handed ‘£215m war chest’

Date published: Saturday 18th June 2022 10:53 - Jason Soutar

Arsenal target Raphinha celebrates his goal

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has backed the Gunners to complete the signing of Leeds United winger Raphinha.

The Brazilian international played a huge part in his side avoiding relegation from the Premier League last term.


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He scored 11 league goals in 2021/22 as the Yorkshire club finished 17th, three points above the drop zone.

Barcelona are believed to be interested in signing Raphinha, with the player keen on the move; however, the La Liga club’s financial situation has made it difficult for them to agree on a fee with Leeds.

The Whites are unlikely to stand in the attacker’s way this summer as he pursues a move elsewhere, but there is an agreement in place that he will only leave if his £60m valuation is met.

Despite reports suggesting that Leeds are looking for £60m, it has also been reported by Spanish outlet Sport that they are willing to accept less than €50m (£42.9m), whilst Fabrizio Romano has also claimed the player can leave for €55m (£47m).

Mikel Arteta – who has reportedly been handed a £215m war chest this summer – is eager to bring Raphinha to Arsenal this summer.

The Spanish manager is expected to be very busy in the coming months with a deal for Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, Leicester’s Youri Tielemans and Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez also being pursued.

And the Gunners – who are set to announce the £34m signing of Fabio Vieira from Porto – have been told by Wilshere that the signing of Raphinha would be a “good one”.

“For someone who’s only been in England for two years, he’s got a lot of experience,” he said on talkSPORT (quotes via Metro).

“He came to England and just clicked straight away.

“He was in a relegation battle last year so he knows he’s up for a fight.

“I think he’d be a good one for Arsenal. He’ll be expensive, of course he will.”

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