In addition to the recent reports of Arsenal interest in Cody Gakpo, the Gunners have also enquired about Raphinha of Leeds United.

Brazil's Raphinha celebrates after scoring against Paraguay during the South American qualification football match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on February 1, 2022. (Photo by DOUGLAS MAGNO/AFP via Getty Images)
Brazil’s Raphinha celebrates after scoring against Paraguay during the South American qualification football match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on February 1, 2022. (Photo by DOUGLAS MAGNO/AFP via Getty Images)

Fabrizio Romano reports for the Here We Go podcast that Arsenal have asked for information on Leeds United winger Raphinha.

Though Barcelona are currently leading the race for Raphinha, Arsenal appear to be in the market for a player of his mould. Romano referenced Arsenal’s interest in Cody Gakpo, and added that Raphinha is a player they like.

Raphinha can play and has played on either wing throughout his career, though he currently features more often on the right for Leeds.

As a left-footed player on the right, that does raise concerns that Arsenal may struggle to convince the 25-year-old he’d get minutes ahead of Bukayo Saka, and potentially Nicolas Pepe if he sticks around.

Raphinha may opt for a team where he’s guaranteed a starting spot instead, given he should have plenty of suitors this summer.

LEEDS, ENGLAND: Raphinha of Leeds United applauds fans after their side's defeat during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road on January 22, 2022. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND: Raphinha of Leeds United applauds fans after their side’s defeat during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road on January 22, 2022. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

The Brazilian international has nine goals and three assists this season, but he’s even more appealing because Leeds are doing so poorly – and may have to accept a reduced fee.

Even if the team manage to avoid relegation, it seems pretty clear Raphinha is going to be pushing for a move to a club that can at least finish in the top half and play in European competition.

The chance to pick up one of the Premier League’s stronger-performing individuals from a club that may be forced to sell will surely attract plenty of bidders.

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