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Arsenal have joined the race for Leeds winger Raphinha, according to reports, but the Gunners have plenty of work to do if they are to complete a transfer this summer. That’s because the north London club are just one of several teams interested in exploring a deal for the Brazilian international, who continues to catch the eye in the Premier League and for his country.

Incredibly, Leeds paid just £17million for the forward on transfer deadline day in August 2020 when they struck a late agreement with French side Rennes.

Since then, Raphinha has cemented his place as a fan-favourite at Elland Road with his trickery, samba skills and ruthless finishing.

The 25-year-old’s stock has sky-rocketed as a result of his performances, with his value now thought to be at around £50m.

Leeds are keen to open contract talks with Raphinha, who would like to wait until the end of the season before discussing his future.

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The same report references two important clauses in Raphinha’s current Leeds contract expected to dictate any final price.

His release clause is said to stand at around £62million, a fee Leeds are likely to demand in order to agree to a sale.

Furthermore, should Leeds be relegated from the Premier League, Raphinha could be up for grabs at as little as £20m.

That’s because of a relegation clause allegedly written into his Elland Road deal, in order to protect his value.

Although that figure would still prove a snip for any potential suitor, Leeds would still make around £3m profit on the £17m fee shelled out to Rennes 18 months ago.

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Arsenal will be cautious of ensuring they continue their excellent recent recruitment record.

Edu has worked hard to rectify the club’s mistakes in the market after previously spending a whopping £72m club-record fee on Nicolas Pepe.

The right-winger has flattered to deceive at the Emirates Stadium despite moments and glimpses of huge promise.

On the basis of this season’s form, Raphinha would represent a clear upgrade on the Ivory Coast international.

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