Arsenal set to lose the race for gifted Brazilian duo
Arsenal are set to miss out on signing Leeds United winger Raphinha and Everton's Richarlison.
Arsenal's interest in signing Raphinha from Leeds United and Everton's Richarlison is no longer news as they look to bolster their squad ahead of the new season.
The club's manager, Mikel Arteta, is a great admirer of this duo, though he prioritizes Leeds United's Raphinha over Richarlison.
Richarlison is also one of the names that have taken center stage in the current transfer window, with many Premier League clubs hunting him after he clearly stated his intention to leave Goodison Park.
The Gunners have been in protracted talks with Leeds United for the transfer of Raphinha after seeing their opening bid rejected, as reported by The Athletic.
Raphinha is currently on holiday with his fiancee, Natalia
Arsenal, who were the front runners, are set to miss out on the race for Raphinha, as Leeds United have accepted a £60m offer from Chelsea. The Blues hijacked the deal to pay an additional £10m more than the winger's initial £50m expected valuation.
Though a bid is in place, Chelsea are yet to discuss personal terms with Raphinha's agent, and Arsenal could make one more attempt to convince the 25-year-old Brazilian international to choose the Emirates.
Mikel Arteta could also turn his attention to Richarlison, but he will face stiff competition from Antonio Conte's Tottenham Hotspur.
Richarlison has spent the last four seasons with Everton
The London rivals are understood to also be in advanced talks with Richarlison's camp over personal terms, with Antonio Conte wanting to make him his fourth signing after Ivan Perišić, Fraser Forster, and Yves Bissouma.
Arsenal would have to act fast on the deal or face the risk of missing out on another of their top transfer targets.
The Premier League club hopes to secure a Champions League spot next season and they have already signed attacking midfielder Fábio Vieira from Porto to help them make it a reality.
The Gunners will soon announce the signing of Gabriel Jesus, who has completed his medical after Mikel Arteta's side reached a £45m agreement with Manchester City.
Mikel Arteta is still unsatisfied as he seeks a competitive squad next season. The Spaniard is looking to sign Ajax's left-back, Lisandro Martinez, due to growing worries over Kieran Tierney's injury situation.
Arsenal are hoping to make the 24-year-old their fifth signing after Marqininhos, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner, and incoming Gabriel Jesus.
The Gunners have made a £34m improved bid for the Argentina international after seeing their first bid worth £25m rejected by the Dutch club.
Despite Ajax's demand for a £43 million fee before allowing him to leave, Arsenal are not backing down and have continued talks to reach an agreement.