Barcelona have agreed five-year deal to sign Raphinha but risk losing him to Arsenal over Leeds' huge transfer demand | The Sun

BARCELONA could still lose out to Arsenal in their pursuit of Leeds playmaker Raphinha, according to reports.

The Catalan giants have reached an agreement with the player's agent – former Barcelona player Deco.

But Leeds are still holding out for a fee of £47million which is currently stalling negotiations.

Speaking on social media, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano said: "Raphinha deal. Barcelona have full agreement with his agent Deco since February on a five year deal but Leeds want €55m, no plan to change their price tag. 🇧🇷 #FCB

"Barca need to be fast as Premier League clubs are back in the race, including Arsenal – but no bid submitted yet."

Raphinha has scored 17 times and assisted 12 goals in 67 appearances, while also making his Brazil debut since joining The Whites.

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Both Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with a move for the forward.

However, Spurs are only thought to be interested if they cannot complete a deal for Everton man Richarlison.

Meanwhile, the Gunners have already acquired attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira from Porto.

And they are reportedly closing in on a deal for Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus.

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Mikel Arteta is also preparing to submit an improved offer for Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez after their initial £25m bid was rejected.

As well as new signings, Arsenal have agreed a new five-year deal for forward Eddie Nketiah.

The 22-year-old's existing contract expired at the end of the campaign but his 10 goals in 27 games last season have earned him a long-term deal at the Emirates.

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