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Arsenal and Man United enter race to sign Barcelona-linked winger



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Barcelona have their sights set on a summer move for Leeds United winger Raphinha, as a potential replacement for contract rebel Ousmane Dembele.

The Catalans have been working on a deal to sign the 25-year-old Brazilian for quite some time now, and have even had a bid rejected for his services from the Premier League club.

While Barcelona will likely return with an improved offer for Raphinha, they are set to face added competition for his signing from Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester United.

This is according to Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari (h/t, who claims that the list of suitors for the former Rennes and Sporting CP winger has now grown considerably, with Arsenal and Manchester United in the mix along with Barcelona.

Arsenal are in the market for reinforcements in the wide areas as they prepare to offload Nicolas Pepe and make a push for a top-four finish next season, after missing out on Champions League football yet again.

Manchester United, meanwhile, also need to add attacking quality and depth in their ranks, with the likes of Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial on their way out of the club this summer.

But, Barcelona are likely to be the favourites to sign Raphinha in the summer. Reports in the recent past have indicated that the Brazilian has already agreed personal terms with the Catalan outfit, thanks to their close ties with his agent Deco.

It has also been claimed that the winger has even requested Leeds United to accept Barça’s offer for him and help him move to Camp Nou.

So, despite the late interest from Arsenal and Manchester United, Barcelona should have their noses in front in the transfer race for Raphinha.

However, the Blaugrana must return with an improved offer and look to close the deal quickly. Delaying the operation could lead to them missing out the Brazilian international.

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