Arsenal are reportedly close to the signature of Portuguese star, Rafa Silva, The attacking midfielder is one of the box to box midfielder in Portugues League.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is looking to improve his side ,in the next transfer window, but the Portuguese side Benfica are set to hold on a tough fee for Rafa. Correio da Manha claim the Portuguese star has a huge release clause of £71.5million in his current contract and Benfica have the attacker under contract until 2024.
Benfica are aware of the Gunners nterest and Mikel Arteta's side are ‘strongly engaged’ in a bid to sign the left-sided midfielder. The Gunners are expected to focus on signing up free agents and negotiating swap deals this summer, but Arsenal may be favored in their efforts to sign Rafa by the player himself. The young midfielder Rafa has repeatedly been linked with a move to the Premier League and having turned 27 earlier this month, the Portugal international appears ready to take on a new challenge.
The interest from the Gunners has pleased Rafa and he is keen to link up with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s squad, where he would receive a significant increase on the wages he currently earns at Benifica.
Many top Clubs may find themselves reducing asking prices or holding onto their star players in a bid to ride out the financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. While Rafa wants to join the North Londoners,He also intends to win another league title with Benfica with the Primeira Liga expected to restart later next month.
FC Porto are a point clear of Benfica in a razor-thin battle for the title and each side has ten games left to play.The Gunners have been linked with a number of players in recent weeks, including Chelsea’s soon-to-be free agent Willian and Bayern Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby.
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