Arsenal told to pay €70 million to sign Raphinha

Barcelona winger Raphinha has been linked with a move away from the Spanish club at the end of the season.

A report from Fichajes claims that the 26-year-old could be on his way out of Barcelona at the end of the season and Arsenal remain keen on securing his signature.

The Gunners need to add more depth and quality in the wide areas and Raphinha has been a long-term target for them. Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for the former Leeds United winger before he joined Barcelona.

It has been a mixed campaign for Raphinha at the Spanish club so far and he has picked up 8 goals and 9 assists across all competitions. While he has been quite impressive in some weeks, he has been heavily criticised in some.

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal are prepared to make a concrete move for the Brazilian winger at the end of the season.

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Barcelona reportedly paid €60 million for his services at the start of the season and they have now set a price tag of around €70 million for him. Arsenal certainly have the financial resources to pay the reported asking price and it remains to be seen how this situation develops.

Arsenal will be hoping to add more quality to their front three in the coming months.

Mikel Arteta has been overly reliant on players like Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka for creativity. The arrival of the Brazilian winger will allow Arteta to rotate his current options more often.

Furthermore, Raphinha played his best football in the Premier League with Leeds United and a return to England could help him regain his top form.

The Brazilian international is at the peak of his career right now and he could make a big difference for Arsenal if he manages to recapture his confidence and rhythm.

Arsenal are well placed to win the Premier League title this season and they are almost certain to return to the Champions League next season. The Gunners will be hoping to compete on all fronts next year and they will need players like Raphinha to do so.

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