Raphinha, Jesus, Vieira… Arsenal is preparing an XXL recruitment


The signing of Fabio Vieira already formalized, Arsenal is now moving forward on several files: Raphinha, Gabriel Jesus, Youri Tielemans and Lisandro Martinez. An XXL transfer window which could cost the Gunners nearly 250 million euros.

Fabio Vieira, the creator with an evocative name

Not many people in England know Fabio Vieira. Officially an Arsenal player since Tuesday, the one who has just celebrated his 22nd birthday is nevertheless considered in Portugal as one of the country’s greatest talents. At Porto, he took the reins of attacking animation, especially after the departure of Luis Diaz for Liverpool last winter. Used as a playmaker or second striker, sometimes as a left midfielder and on a few occasions as a torchbearer, he was often decisive.

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Left-handed and elegant with the ball at his feet, he scored 6 goals and delivered 14 assists last season in the league. Arsenal had been following him for several months, but Mikel Arteta’s insistence prompted the club to act quickly and shell out 35 million euros (+ 5 million in potential bonuses) to bring him to London. He will now have to adapt to the Premier League and find a place among the Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe and Martinelli.

Raphinha, provided you take out the checkbook

Arsenal have been in contact with Leeds since March over Raphinha. But in recent days, the Gunners have accelerated operations. Tuesday evening, The Athletic ensured that an offer had been transmitted to the Peacocks, but that it was still lower than the asking price. It was also refused by Leeds, who now hope to receive 65 million euros.

But the negotiations are started and Edu, the sporting director of the Gunners, maintains good relations with Deco, Raphinha’s agent. He has also worked to recruit several Brazilian players in recent seasons, including Gabriel and Marquinhos. Arsenal would now like to complete the transfer quickly to avoid an awakening of competition like Chelsea or Tottenham, who are also interested. Only downside, it is not at the winger position that the Gunners have the most needs.

Gabriel Jesus to take the place of n°9

Everything would be almost complete, according to the British and Brazilian media. Gabriel Jesus, tracked for several weeks and appreciated by Mikel Arteta, who knew him at Manchester City, is hoped by the Gunners to lead their attack next season. With the departures of Aubameyang in January and Lacazette a few weeks ago, Arsenal need a big name at centre-forward and are planning to write a big cheque. The price for Jesus, who has one year left on his contract, is said to be 50 million euros.

Eddie Nketiah, author of a good end to the season, won a contract extension and the number 14, but he should not be the holder of the position next season. Jesus is on the books with a few other clubs, however, including Tottenham, and Arsenal are reportedly trying to close the deal. Unlike Vieira and Raphinha, this is a necessary signature, in a position where the need has been identified for months.

Tielemans and Martinez to densify the workforce

Again, Tielemans’ name has come back to the Arsenal side with insistence lately. The London club needs to recruit in the midfield and it was seen at the end of the season. After Thomas Partey’s injury, the Gunners sank and lost the fourth place that seemed promised to them. The Belgian, a regular in the Premier League and a versatile midfielder, would thus fill an obvious lack and improve the workforce in quantity and quality.

The reflection is similar concerning Lisandro Martinez. The Argentinian defender of Ajax Amsterdam is of interest to Mikel Arteta, who already has two right-handed centrals (White and Saliba) and wants to recruit a left-hander to compete with Gabriel. According to The Athletic, Arsenal have already offered 30 million euros, an offer rejected by Ajax, and will continue to push. In total, if the Gunners manage to complete these five transfers, they would spend almost 250 million euros.

Robin Wattraint RMC Sport journalist

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