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Arsenal moving to sign Leeds United’s Raphinha is resting on the Gunners moving out Nicolas Pepe this summer.

Leeds are facing up to the possibility of losing Raphinha this summer on the back of a season that’s seen the Brazilian winger score 11 goals in the Premier League.

Interest in the Leeds ace is mounting, with Arsenal said to be one club willing to offer Raphinha a domestic move.

As per a report from The Athletic, a move to North London for Raphinha will be dependent on Arsenal freeing themselves of Pepe, a £72m signing who has largely flopped during his time at the club.

“A deal for Leeds United’s Raphinha is thought to be contingent on a Pepe exit and it is believed Arsenal and the Ivorian are keen for this to happen — but the club would want to see a reasonable return on their record signing. Barcelona’s interest in the Brazilian took a hit with Leeds surviving relegation on the final day of last season and being less vulnerable to a cheap sale, which leaves a path for Arsenal to show how ambitious and aggressive they want to be in this summer’s market.”

Raphinha, 25, has only two years left on his deal at Elland Road, meaning that this summer is Leeds’ opportunity to cash-in on the Brazil international whilst his value is peaking.

Across two seasons in England, Raphinha has 17 Premier League goals, alongside 12 assists.

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It’s always disappointing to lose players of Raphinha’s standing, yet Leeds could be in a really good position come the end of the summer the way the transfer window is shaping.

When it comes to Raphinha, he’s in-demand and Arsenal’s interest growing is really quite good news.

Pitching that up alongside Barcelona’s eagerness to sign the winger means that Leeds can drive the price up.

They know that Arsenal have money to spend, which will be the case even more if they move Pepe on.

Whilst Leeds might be viewed as weaker without Raphinha, they could be sat on a tidy profit for the winger, which can be (or already is) reinvested in Jesse Marsch’s squad.

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