Raphinha meets up with agent Deco ahead of Arsenal’s imminent ‘enhanced transfer bid’


Arsenal is looking to make a second offer for Raphinha. Leeds United turned down their first bid. Deco, the agent of Deco, enjoys some down time before making their next decision.

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As Arsenal prepare for a second bid, Raphinha was pictured together with Deco, his agent.

The Brazilian is attracting increasing interest. However, the north London side made an initial offer for the Brazilian winger. It was rejected. However, they remain determined to capture this winger and are prepared to make an improved bid to the Yorkshire side to prove their resolve.

Arsenal will be meeting Raphinha’s representatives again and the Brazilian has been snapped with the man who is helping him make his decision about his future. The pair had a relaxing time in Ibiza, and it was clear that future moves were on the cards.

The player has said on his future: ”I have a contract with Leeds until 2024, my future is in the hands of Deco and Leeds, I have my mind on the national team, on the game and also on my vacation, we need a vacation. My manager resolves the matter. If something is right, then he sends. [it to] me.”

Arsenal are growing confident of securing a deal for the winger, who was a shining light for Leeds last season as they fought off relegation. Chelsea and Tottenham are also keen, but they have other transfer priorities which has allowed the Gunners to steal a march.

Leeds have accepted that Raphinha is unlikely to sign a new deal, which currently runs until 2024, and as a result are prepared to let the player go. The Athletic reports that the Whites acknowledge the player’s ambition is to play in Europe and, provided their valuation is met, will allow him to leave.

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The 25-year-old has scored 17 times in his two seasons at Elland Road having joined them from Rennes following their promotion to the top flight in 2020. Leeds are set to lose their second star of the summer with Kalvin Phillips’ move to Manchester City seemingly imminent.

Arsenal meanwhile have wasted no time following their near miss last term as they go after Champions League football. Mikel Arteta’s side were usurped by Tottenham at the end of the season, but have already added young Brazilian forward Marquinhos as well as Fabio Vieira from Porto.

Gabriel Jesus is set to follow with a £45m agreement struck with the Premier League champions. Arteta knows the forward well from his time as Pep Guardiola’s No 2 and has been looking to replace the goals of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who’ve both left the club this year.