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Arsenal 'believe smooth signing of Fabio Vieira will help them secure £50m Raphinha transfer'

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Arsenal ‘believe smooth signing of Fabio Vieira will help them secure £50m Raphinha transfer from Leeds too, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s super agent Jorge Mendes at the heart of both deals’

  • Arsenal ‘hope that the imminent signing of Fabio Vieira will help lure Raphinha’
  • The Gunners are close to announcing the arrival of Vieira from Porto for £34m
  • Raphinha has been linked with a move to Barcelona after impressing at Leeds
  • The two Arsenal targets share the same agency as forward Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Emirates insiders ‘are confident that the Vieira deal will create a ripple-effect’
  • The smooth nature of talks with Vieira’s agent could encourage a Raphinha deal 

Arsenal hope the £34million signing of Fabio Vieira from Porto will help unlock the door in their pursuit of Leeds star Raphinha, according to reports.

The Brazilian was tipped to undergo a move to Barcelona following an impressive second season in the Premier League, but negotiations with the Spanish giants stalled due to their ongoing financial complications.

It is believed the winger’s agent – former Barcelona and Chelsea star Deco – plans to speak to the Nou Camp chiefs in Catalonia later this week to receive an update on the club’s spending power.

New Gunners signing Fabio Vieira shares the same agency as next transfer target Raphinha

New Gunners signing Fabio Vieira shares the same agency as next transfer target Raphinha

Arsenal are set to make a bid of £50million for Raphinha as they look to sign the Leeds winger

Arsenal are set to make a bid of £50million for Raphinha as they look to sign the Leeds winger

However, the Gunners are now reportedly readying a £50m bid for Raphinha, eager to box out competition from Barcelona and rivals Tottenham, who have also expressed interest in a potential move.

As Raphinha and Vieira are both represented by the same agency Gestifute, Emirates insiders are confident that finalising one deal smoothly will help inspire a ripple-effect in the pursuit of the other, according to The Telegraph.

Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes – the leader of Gestifute and renowned representative of Cristiano Ronaldo – played a pivotal role in overseeing Vieira’s switch to north London and is a close associate of Deco’s.

Jorge Mendes is the renowned agent of Cristiano Ronaldo and the leader of agency Gestifute

Jorge Mendes is the renowned agent of Cristiano Ronaldo and the leader of agency Gestifute

Mikel Arteta is eager to have a stronger squad with more options going into the new season

Mikel Arteta is eager to have a stronger squad with more options going into the new season

Following the Gunners’ seemingly fast and efficient negotiation with Porto for Vieira, Mendes could encourage the ex-Portuguese international to snub his former club in favour of Arsenal, especially considering the protracted nature of Barcelona’s negotiations. 

Raphinha scored 11 and assisted three in 35 Premier League appearances last campaign, helping Leeds avoid the drop on the last day of the season with a crucial penalty against Brentford.

Were Arsenal successful in luring the 25-year-old, it could force star man Bukayo Saka to switch to the left flank, with club-record signing Nicolas Pepe a candidate to leave the Emirates this summer.

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