Leeds United have raised their asking price for and transfer target Raphinha after agreeing a deal to sell to .
The Premier League champions identified the England international as their ideal replacement for outgoing stalwart Fernandinho.
, but viewed the Leeds star as a more financially viable alternative and will pay £42million for the 26-year-old.
Leeds are also fighting a losing battle to keep hold of Raphinha amid strong interest from a host of Premier League clubs.
but they are struggling to raise the funds required to facilitate a deal.
Arsenal, , will turn their attentions next to Raphinha but he won’t come cheap.
Leeds had initially been holding out for around £55m but, according to , have now raised the asking price by £10m given they are under less pressure to sell as a result of the windfall they will receive for Phillips.
but are expected to test the waters with an improved offer in the coming days.
North London rivals Tottenham are also interested in Raphinha but Everton’s Richarlison is understood to be a priority for Antonio Conte.
but Thomas Tuchel’s reported plan to deploy the player in an unfamiliar wing-back role could dissuade him from moving to Stamford Bridge.
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