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Arsenal sudden favourites to land Leeds winger Raphinha

Arsenal are sudden favourites to land Leeds United winger Raphinha.

Goal says a transfer is close to being finalised with Arsenal offering a higher salary than their rivals, which no longer include Barcelona.

Arsenal have also been handed a boost in their pursuit of Raphinha with Barcelona withdrawing their interest.

The Catalan club had been thought to be favourites to sign the 25-year-old due to their connection with his agent Deco.

Barca considered Raphinha as a potential replacement for Ousmane Dembele with the Frenchman linked to Chelsea - but the player is unwilling to wait for the Xavi's side to make a move.

As such, the road is clear for Arsenal to sign the winger for a fee in the region of £45-50m.

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