Leeds United identify €30m Arsenal, Liverpool-linked winger as Raphinha replacement

Leeds United identify €30m Arsenal, Liverpool-linked winger as Raphinha replacement

Leeds United will make a move for PSV forward Cody Gakpo if Raphinha leaves the Premier League club this summer.

Raphinha’s departure seems inevitable with Arsenal, Barcelona, Tottenham and Chelsea all interested in the Brazilian.

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The Gunners are the only side to have put an offer on the table, as per The Athletic. However, their bid has already been rejected for falling way short of the Whites’ valuation.

Barcelona are Raphinha’s first choice and he has already agreed personal terms with the Catalan club, but they are struggling to fund a deal due to their financial troubles.

He would then choose to join Chelsea if given the chance, with the Blues in the Champions League and in the best position to win silverware out of themselves, Arsenal and Spurs.

Leeds have a huge job on their hands in replacing the Brazil international – who they signed for £17m from Rennes in 2020.

According to Foot Mercato, the Yorkshire club have identified PSV’s Gakpo as Raphinha’s replacement. The Dutch international has previously been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool.

The Eredivisie outfit have set an asking price of €30m and Leeds ‘will have no trouble paying’ for the 23-year-old.

Gakpo was excellent for PSV last term, scoring 21 and assisting 15 in 46 appearances across all competitions.

Leeds want to replace Raphinha with PSV’s Cody Gakpo if the Brazilian leaves this summer.

Gakpo has also been linked with Arsenal, although there has been no rumours about a deal for a few weeks.

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In April, the Dutchman revealed that he “likes Arsenal a lot” and idolised Thierry Henry as a youngster.

“The Premier League is a big league. Virgil van Dijk plays there with Liverpool so I like to watch them,” Gakpo told The Sun.

“We are not the same kind of league but I think we try to look at the Premier League and learn about it. Everybody wants to play one time in the Premier League. I don’t favour one team but I like Arsenal a lot.

“I looked up to Henry when I was younger because he was a tall guy who played on the wing.”

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