Raphinha is on Arsenal’s list of targets this summer as they consider a move for the Leeds United winger.

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)

The Telegraph report that Arsenal are considering a move for Raphinha. They’re yet to make a formal offer and would face strong competition for the signing, but he’s on their summer shortlist.

Goal confirm Arsenal’s interest, claiming Raphinha is indeed on the Gunners’ list of targets this summer. But again, Goal report that Arsenal haven’t held any official talks with Leeds United yet.

Earlier in the year, Fabrizio Romano reported that Arsenal had made preliminary enquiries over Raphinha.

Raphinha is yet another left-footed right-winger, which does make it difficult to see how he fits into the current squad.

Both The Telegraph and Goal suggest a potential move would be linked to Nicolas Pepe’s departure, as Raphinha isn’t expected to replace Bukayo Saka.

If Pepe leaves, then it seems Arsenal would move for Raphinha as a replacement. If the Ivory Coast international sticks around, it’s hard to see Raphinha’s transfer to North London gaining any momentum.

Leeds United's Brazilian midfielder Raphinha Dias Belloli moves off to take a set-piece during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on February 26, 2022. (Photo by JON SUPER/AFP via Getty Images)
Leeds United’s Brazilian midfielder Raphinha Dias Belloli moves off to take a set-piece during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on February 26, 2022. (Photo by JON SUPER/AFP via Getty Images)

There’s no doubt that Raphinha put in some excellent performances for Leeds over the last Premier League campaign and would make a great addition to the Arsenal squad. He scored 11 goals and assisted three in 35 games as Leeds battled relegation.

The only reservations would be over the fact Raphinha plays in the same position as Arsenal’s two-time Player of the Season – Saka.

Mikel Arteta’s side has plenty of positions in need of an upgrade before looking at the right-wing.

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