The Brazilian winger has been in discussions with Barcelona over a move to Camp Nou, though the Spanish giants are still dealing with considerable financial issues and have so far been unable to complete a deal.
Mikel Arteta has been keen to add a new winger to his squad this summer, though Raphinha’s preference is to play on the right wing – a role already occupied by Bukayo Saka.
Similarly, Tottenham signed Dejan Kulusevski on loan from Juventus in January and are expected to make the deal permanent, with the Swede having impressed enormously since making the switch to the Premier League.
Antonio Conte is keen to add an attacker who can play across the frontline and has also been targeting a move for Everton’s Richarlison, who is more capable of playing through the middle than Raphinha.
Spurs will not sign both players and Raphinha is believed to be a backup option to Richarlison if Everton play hardball over a fee for the former Watford man.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have long-standing interest in Raphinha though he is not believed to be a priority signing, with the Gunners in need of a new central striker and a midfielder.
Leeds are believed to be sympathetic to Raphinha’s desire to play at a higher level – particularly the Champions League, which Spurs can offer – though they will still demand that their valuation is met.
Raphinha is expected to cost around £47m – just over twice what Leeds paid to Rennes two years ago – and the Brazilian has intimated that he will not sign a new contract with the club.
Chelsea had also been interested in Raphinha but are not expected to rival Spurs and Arsenal for his signature, with the west Londoners instead working on a deal to sign Ousmane Dembele – who will be out of contract at the end of the month and available on a free.
Arsenal have yet to land any marquee signings so far this summer, while Tottenham have wrapped up a deal for Ivan Perisic, agreed a fee for Yves Bissouma and are in pole position to sign right-back Djed Spence.
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