Arsenal have been warned they could regret missing out on the signing of Leeds United winger Raphinha.
The Brazil international is wanted by Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona, but it’s not yet clear where he will end up as this saga surrounding his future drags on and on.
Arsenal don’t necessarily need a left footed wide-man due to the presence of Bukayo Saka, who already plays that role very well for Mikel Arteta’s side, but former Manchester United midfielder Luke Chadwick believes there’s room in the Gunners’ squad for Raphinha as well.
“I think Arsenal will have been desperate to get Raphinha,” Chadwick told. “I think it would have allowed them to rotate a bit, and make it hard for opposition defenders to pick them up.
“You look at Raphinha, he’s similar to Bukayo Saka in that he’s comfortable on either flank, and Gabriel Martinelli too to an extent. I think it would keep the opposition guessing and pose challenges to opposition full-backs.
“If Arsenal were looking for a wide-player I think Raphinha fits the bill really well, and if they’d signed him to go alongside Gabriel Jesus that would have been massive for them.
“They had a good season, finishing 5th, but if they want to get into the top four they probably need more goals, so I think they’ll be looking now for another attacking player, but they’ll be really disappointed if they end up not signing Raphinha.”
Why Man United aren’t pursuing Raphinha transfer
As for Chadwick’s old club Man Utd, it seems Raphinha is somewhat surprisingly not on their radar this summer.
Instead, it seems that Antony from Erik ten Hag’s old club Ajax is one of the main names being looked at in that area of the pitch.
Chadwick thinks this makes sense, as Ten Hag would do well to bring in players he’s worked with before in order to give him the best possible start at Old Trafford.