Arsenal willing to pay £50m for Leeds United winger Raphinha
Leeds are braced for Arsenal to return with a second bid for Raphinha this week, which will likely total around £50m according to the Daily Mail.
The Whites rejected an opening bid from the Gunners last week, which was believed to be worth around £30m plus a further £10m in add-ons.
But with a value of around £60m set for the Brazilian for Leeds to be willing to let him leave, Arsenal are now preparing to return with a second bid that would be close to a £50m package according to the Mail on June 25th.
Leeds are open to the player’s sale as they understand that he wants to play European football to bolster his chances of making it into Brazil’s World Cup squad at the end of the year for Qatar.
£65m is their ideal valuation but they could be persuaded to soften that stance if they receive a fair offer, while Arsenal are looking to hold off competition from the likes of Barcelona, Tottenham and Chelsea.
There is no way that £50m should get the job done for Leeds to be able to sell their best player, especially after losing Kalvin Phillips so cheaply too.
Raphinha has done brilliantly since arriving at Elland Road and is on a decent sized contract at the club, but it’s understandable that he wants to move on after last season.
But considering that they have all the leverage and plenty of interested parties, there is no need for Leeds to lower their price and sell cheaply.
Raphinha wants regular first-team football ahead of the World Cup and he will undoubtedly get that at Elland Road, so the club know that. However the longer he stays, they do lose value on him.
It will come down to the player’s will ultimately and a club matching the price, but there is no way on planet Earth that £50m will get the job done in this saga.
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