Arsenal and Tottenham poised for Raphinha transfer fight but Leeds winger prefers Barcelona switch

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Tottenham and Arsenal are ready to battle Barcelona for Raphinha in a transfer tug-of-war that could see Leeds demand up to £60million for the Brazil forward.

Chelsea are also showing an interest in the 25-year-old, who is keen to the play in the Champions League after impressing in his two seasons in England.

Raphinha is believed to favour a move to Barcelona and is thought to have already agreed personal terms with the Catalan giants.

But Barcelona's financial situation complicates matters and their move has stalled because they are unable to fund a deal. The Spanish club have debts of more than £1bn and strict controls on their recruitment could open the door for Spurs and Arsenal.

Tottenham are said to have already made contact with Leeds, who are open to selling Raphinha if their valuation is met.

Leeds are also expecting an approach from Arsenal. Raphinha’s agent Deco is said to have held meetings with Arsenal technical director Edu, which has increased speculation that the Gunners will make an offer for a player who scored 11 top-flight goals last season.

Tottenham hope his desire to play in the Champions League adds strength to their approach. Raphinha has two years left on his Leeds contract but is ready to leave Elland Road ahead of the World Cup this winter.

Arsenal and Spurs target Raphinha wants to leave Leeds, but prefers a move to Barcelona (Getty Images)
Arsenal and Spurs target Raphinha wants to leave Leeds, but prefers a move to Barcelona (Getty Images)

He has his heart set on a move to Barcelona and will not rush to move to north London. But if Barcelona cool their interest then Spurs and Arsenal are ready to swoop.

Both north London clubs are keen to do their transfer business early this summer. The Gunners are finalising a £34m deal to kick-start their summer recruitment drive with the signing of Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira.

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