[풋볼리스트] Reporter Hyo-Jong Cho = Interest in Leeds United’s flank striker Hapinha is hot.
On the 21st (Korean time), London-based British media ‘Evening Standard’ reported that “Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are ready to fight Barcelona over the signing of Hafinha. Chelsea are also showing interest.”
Hapinha is one of the most popular striker resources in the transfer window this summer. After joining Leeds after leaving Stade Rennes in 2020, he quickly adjusted to the new league and made an impressive performance. In his first season, he recorded 6 goals and 9 assists in 30 league games, followed by 11 goals and 3 assists in 36 games last season. From 2021, he is also active as a key striker for the Brazil national team, and recently started in a friendly match against Korea.
The club that is considered to be the most promising destination is Barcelona. Barcelona, who are restructuring their attacking team under Xavi Hernandez, have been interested in signing Rafinha since last season. The player also prefers a move to Barcelona.
However, the situation in Barcelona is the key. Barcelona is still struggling financially, making financing difficult. Also, the future of winger Usman Dembele, whose contract expires at the end of this month, is still unclear. Coach Xavi prefers Dembele stay over signing Rafinha.
Taking advantage of this opportunity, the English Premier League (EPL) clubs are showing their intention to participate in the race to sign Hapinha. In particular, London-based Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea are approaching Hapinha. Leeds have two years left on Rafinha’s contract, but it is known that Leeds are willing to send the player away if the transfer fee of up to £60 million is met.
‘Evenin Standard’ said, “After contacting Hapinha’s agent and Arsenal director Edu, there is speculation that Arsenal will make an official offer. We are looking forward to adding strength to the recruitment.”
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