Arsenal are currently out of the race to sign Raphinha, with Barcelona closing in on a transfer for the Leeds United winger.
Arsenal aren’t completely ruling out reentering the race, especially with all the uncertainty in negotiations at the moment. But for now, it seems it would take a breakdown in talks with Chelsea and Barcelona for another move to be at all likely.
As it stands, Barcelona look set to land their man, with Gerard Romero reporting that they’re close to a deal with Leeds for about €60m.
Barcelona and Raphinha have already agreed a salary of €6m net per season, with personal terms reportedly finalised months ago.
Raphinha has also turned down a proposal from Newcastle United in recent days, according to Romero.
That offer seemed particularly pointless, considering the alternatives on the table for the player, but Newcastle have money to throw around.
Fabrizio Romano recently claimed Barcelona were yet to find an agreement for Raphinha. He said Barcelona’s most recent verbal proposal on Wednesday still didn’t meet Leeds’ demands.
For now, Leeds are insisting they have a deal with Chelsea, and it’s just up to Raphinha to accept the terms on offer with the Blues.
But if the chance to join Barcelona is still on the table, you’d expect Raphinha to stall until it’s no longer a possibility.