Arsenal in Raphinha transfer delay with Leeds star 'waiting on Barcelona to make bid' but deal rests on Ousmane Dembele | The Sun
ARSENAL are reportedly being made to wait for Leeds forward Raphinha as the player continues to eye a move to Barcelona.
Earlier this week, the Gunners saw their first bid for the Brazilian rejected.
But they remain keen on securing his services despite the possibility of having to pay as much as £60million.
Tottenham and Chelsea have also been linked with the impressive playmaker.
But according to Sport, Raphinha's preferred move would be to Spanish giants Barcelona.
The Leeds forward reportedly sees joining the Catalan club as his priority transfer.
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However, the chances of the South American attacker clinching a transfer to the Nou Camp rely on the departure of Ousmane Dembele.
The 25-year-old Frenchman is out of contract at the end of this month and being linked with Chelsea.
But there is still a chance he could sign a new deal with Barca – which would mean the club do not need Raphinha.
Even if Barcelona opt not to try and sign the Brazilian, Leeds have given up on trying to tie him down to a new deal.
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Jesse Marsch's men are resigned to the fact that Raphinha is going to leave this summer.
Since joining two years ago, he has scored 17 goals and provided 11 assists in 66 appearances.
And he helped Leeds narrowly avoid relegation on the final day of last season's Premier League as a 2-1 victory over Brentford saw them leapfrog Burnley and secure safety.
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