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Transfer rumours: Raphinha, Lisandro Martinez

Posted on June 20, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are obviously working hard on strengthening their ranks for the upcoming season. They’ve managed to convince Eddie Nketiah to sign a new contract and stay put, thus ensuring that the striker department isn’t left completely bare, and they’ve apparently completed the signing of midfielder Fabio Vieira from FC Porto, though we’re still waiting for the Gunners to confirm that as the Portuguese club already have.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are now working on a deal to sign Lisandro Martinez from Ajax. Primarily a centre-back, the 24-year-old Argentinian can play as a fullback on either side as well, and as a defensive midfielder is tasked with that role.

Martinez has three years left on his contract and desiring to keep him, Ajax have already rejected Arsenal’s offer of €30 million for his services, but the Gunners aren’t prepared to give up on the seven-cap Argentina international just yet.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are believed to be one of the Premier League clubs monitoring the situation of Leeds United winger Raphinha. The Brazilian was linked heavily with Liverpool before the Merseysiders signed Luis Diaz from Porto in January. He’s now apparently keen to go to Barcelona, but the Catalans appear to be hesitating on that front as they seek to put together an acceptable financial picture for the summer.

Apart from Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are said to be interested in convincing him to stay in the English top flight, and all three clubs are waiting for the right moment to pounce, should Barcelona remain indecisive for long and make Raphinha lose his patience.

Leeds are believed to be looking for around £55m for the Brazil international whose contract runs until 2024. In 2021/22, Raphinha made a total of 36 appearances for Leeds in all competitions, scoring 11 goals and contributing three assists.

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