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Arsenal to 'step up' Raphinha chase next week after falling short with opening offer
Arsenal are preparing to ramp up their pursuit of Leeds United forward Raphinha after seeing their opening offer knocked back.Despite strong interest from Tottenham, Chelsea and Barcelona, the Gunners are currently leading the race for the 25-year-old with manager Mikel Arteta pushing hard for his signature following positive talks with the player's agent.They lodged a bid for the Brazilian earlier this week - which fell well short of Leeds' £65million valuation - with the club determined to add imagination and firepower to their frontline amid a major attacking reshuffle, according to reports.READ MORE: Arsenal 'reach agreement' with Man City for first-choice target Gabriel JesusBoth Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have left the club in the past six months while Arteta is also keen to rid himself of £72million flop Nicolas Pepe in order to free up some space - in the squad and on the wage bill - for some summer signings.Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira is already in the bag while a £45million deal for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus looks all but secure, meaning the club can focus their attention on landing their remaining targets.Other than Raphinha, Arsenal are eyeing moves for Leicester City star Youri Tielemans and Ajax's Lisandro Martinez, and if Arteta gets his hands on all them it could see their summer spending soar to over £200 million - which would be a new club record.If Arsenal land all their targets this summer will they make the top four? Let us know what you think in the comments section.Raphinha netted 11 goals last season during an otherwise bleak campaign for Leeds which culminated in them narrowly avoiding relegation on the final day.According to reports he's holding out for
Arsenal offer smart gesture in Marquinhos deal to land fruitful long-term partnership
Arsenal have stumped up £3million to snap up Sao Paulo prospect Marquinhos - and landed a long-term partnership with the Brazilian outfit so they can pinch their top young talent.Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that Marquinhos was set to seal a dream switch to the Premier League, and the 19-year-old Brazilian starlet has now finally put pen-to-paper on a long term deal at the Emirates to officially become Mikel Arteta's first summer signing.The exciting winger made 33 appearances senior appearances for Sao Paulo, who play in the Brazilian top-flight. Marquinhos has also represented his country at youth level and is set to get the chance to impress his new manager and teammates in pre-season.The Gunners have paid the Sao Paulo a sizeable sum for Marquinhos - but club director Carlos Belmonte recently revealed that the Londoners could have pinched the attacking prospect for free.However, Arsenal director Edu Gaspar was keen to pay up for the talented youngster as he's keen to ensure that the two clubs have a relationship going forward to ensure that the Gunners can bring Sao Paulo's top young talent to north London.Garmento told Gazeta Esportiva: “We have a spectacular relationship with Edu Gaspar, who told us that he knew that Marquinhos could leave for free, but that he was still going to look for funds to pay for Sao Paulo, because he wants to have a relationship with São Paulo.
Mikel Arteta Amatriain (Basque: Spanish: born 26 March 1982) is a Spanish professional football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach at Premier League club Arsenal.