Arsenal have reportedly made significant progress with an approach to secure services of Leeds United forward Raphinha.
Last week, it was revealed that the North London giants were on the brink of securing the services Porto playmaker Fabio Vieira, seemingly fulfilling the objective of Mikel Arteta to find a new midfielder.
Furthermore, the Gunners are known to want to sign another centre forward to challenge Eddie Nketiah, who has signed a new long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium.
If the reports are to be believed, Mikel Arteta is intent on signing Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, a player who he knows well from his time at the Etihad Stadium.
However, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners have been in direct talks with Leeds regarding the transfer of Raphinha.
After impressing during his two years at Elland Road, it is widely believed that the Brazilian will be allowed to leave the Yorkshire giants for the right price.
The Catalan giants are long-term admirers of the player, yet cannot currently afford his asking price, while the Spurs are believed to be monitoring any developments regarding his future.
Nevertheless, Romano suggests that the Gunners have stepped up their interest in the 25-year-old, a claim which has been backed up by Goal.
That outlet claims that the North London outfit could be on the verge of signing Raphinha within the coming days, the claim being that the player is not prepared to wait to see if Barcelona are able to complete a deal before the end of August.