Arsenal have a ‘clear path’ to sign Raphinha as Edu prepare to step up £65m transfer talks

Mikel Arteta received a significant boost in his pursuit of Raphinha this summer after Tottenham and Chelsea decided to prioritize other targets. Athleticism reports that Arsenal are now seen as the current favorites to secure the Brazilian’s services, with Spurs focusing on Richarlison and Chelsea eyeing Raheem Sterling.

Both clubs have reportedly considered a move for Raphinha but now it looks like he is no longer top of the list. Barcelona had also been heavily linked, although their financial difficulties made little headway.

It is added that the Gunners are preparing to step up talks to sign Raphinha next week and an improved offer is expected to be tabled, with Leeds reportedly asking for a fee of around £65million. Technical director Edu has been a busy man over the past two weeks, with two new signings already crossed in the form of Marquinhos and Fabio Vieira. They are expected to be joined by Matt Turner and Gabriel Jesus in the coming days after deals are agreed for the pair.

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Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez is believed to be another name the club are keen on, and as is the case with Raphinha, a bid has already been turned down for the Argentine.

However, these potential deals are not yet dead in the water and the talks remain active. Arsenal will feel a little more confident when it comes to Raphinha, in particular, especially as there is a lack of competition as things stand.

It’s a situation they’ll probably want to exploit while they still have the chance. Arsenal’s interest in the striker has been well documented and Arteta is said to be a huge admirer of the player.

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