EPL: Arsenal directorEPL: Arsenal director, Edu reveals real reason Raphinha snubbed Gunners for Barcelona this summer.
Raphinha did definitely reject a move to the Emirates this summer, according to Edu, the sporting director at Arsenal.
As the Brazilian was getting ready to leave Leeds United, there was a three-way battle between Arsenal, Chelsea, and Barcelona.
Raphinha chose to join Barcelona in a €68 million move two weeks ago rather than continue playing in the Premier League.
He said to Deco, “Can you explain the problem with Raphinha?,” according to Sky Sports.
“Edu, I don’t want to lie to you, his idea is to move to Barcelona,” he said in a direct manner. Let me know if something happens so I can investigate. Not a problem if not.
Mikel Arteta still wan to strengthen his attack ahead of the new season and we have 10 days left before the EPL returns. Raphinha’s dream was to wear the Barca shirt and represent the team.
The Brazilian winger turned down a move to Chelsea and he decided to wait for Barcelona. The Blues reached an agreement on transfer fee with Leeds United, but the deal collapsed as they couldn’t find an agreement with the player on personal terms.