By George Overhill

22nd Jun, 2022 | 7:11am

Tottenham prepare to follow Arsenal with major bid for Leeds United star Raphinha

Tottenham are ready to submit a bid to Leeds United for star winger Raphinha after Arsenal made the first offer, according to Gianluigi Longari.

The Gunners broke the deadlock around the Brazilian on Tuesday (21 June) with an offer that was well below United’s valuation and is expected to be “rejected out of hand”, David Ornstein reported in The Athletic.

But interest is extremely high and a second, apparently much larger offer is on its way according to Sport Italia and Tutto Mercato Web reporter Longari.

He reported on his Twitter account that Spurs are “ready to submit an offer” that would consist of a £50million up-front fee with a further £10million in add-ons.

Longari adds that La Liga giants Barcelona are the player’s first choice but there is still no agreement with Leeds.

The Catalans had been in pole position but have struggled with their financial situation and have been unable to come up with an offer.

Considerable

Arsenal appear to have gotten everything moving with the summer’s first bid for the 25-year-old, and while it looks like that offer has little chance of being successful this apparent follow-up from their North London rivals is significant.

The Whites are thought to require somewhere in the region of £60million for their stand-out player from the 2021/22 season, so with Longari confirming in the comments under his original Twitter report that the figures were in pounds rather than Euro it has more chance of being accepted.

It may convince the club but Antonio Conte’s side will have a job to reach an agreement on personal terms as Raphinha has them as his fourth choice according to Ornstein.

Ahead of either of the North London sides, although behind Barcelona, is apparently Chelsea, so they could be in with the best chance of landing the former Rennes man if they come forward with a bid as well.

It would appear that if there was ever a suitable offer from the Camp Nou then the transfer that was expected as the relegation battle headed for its conclusion would happen.

But despite a recent vote from the club members that permitted the sale of a proportion of their merchandising and TV rights, which could provide a major financial boost, they are still not yet capable of affording the deal.

Bids have starting coming in finally, but until one arrives that satisfies officials at Elland Road and their star man he won’t be going anywhere.

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