Arsenal would like to bolster their forward options this summer with Ravenha, but their pursuit of the Brazilian appears to be made more difficult by the recent work of Manchester City.
Although Arsenal have signed players already this summer, tensions could escalate further at the Emirates Stadium due to Manchester City’s quick thinking.
Arsenal have already signed Marquinhos and Fabio Vieira this summer, although many believe neither pair will cope with their urgent need for a proven striker. After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left last season and Alexandre Lacazette’s contract expired this summer, Eddie Nketiah remains the club’s only confirmed number nine.
And whether the 23-year-old can truly be considered “fixed” at this level is open to interpretation given that he started just eight league games last season. One player who has shown his class on a weekly basis at this level is Ravenha Leeds, and it’s no secret that Arsenal are keen to sign the Brazil international.
But keeping the winger off Elland Road became a more difficult task as City reached an agreement with Leeds for midfielder Calvin Phillips. The England international is expected to cost Pep Guardiola’s side £42m, plus add-ons, which will be a huge boost to Leeds’ budget this summer.
So much so that they may decide to raise their asking price of £65m for Ravenha as Jesse Marsh is unlikely to want to part with his top two best performers in a few weeks without making a clear plan. Arsenal have reportedly been keen on Ravenha for months and therefore, if they acted faster, they may not have run the risk of facing the consequences of City’s quick negotiations.
However, Mikel Arteta will not be shocked that his team did not strike a deal with the white team early in the window. The Daily Mail reported earlier this month that the Spaniard is frustrated with how indecisive Arsenal are in the transfer market and how bosses are slow on signings.
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As a result, Arteta may have known in his heart that the looming demise of Arsenal’s supreme powers would end up costing his team sometime this summer. At the time, it was feared that their pursuit of Gabriel Jesus might be hijacked, although that deal seems somewhat over the line now.
With Barcelona in a difficult financial situation, Arsenal had the perfect opportunity to pounce and try to seal a Leeds deal. Instead, they sent an offer that was reportedly turned down very quickly, and now they risk competing with Barcelona – Ravenha’s favorite destination – for his signature. That may be on the horizon given that they are in talks with Manchester United over a deal for midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
It remains to be seen how significant the impact of the City Philips signing will be on the transfer market as a whole and whether the impact of the move will be felt in north London. If so, Arteta may be gifted with the perfect guide to the switch in how his team completes the business over the coming months.