With every club in European leagues doing everything to strengthen their squads ahead of next season's campaign. Arsenal is not left behind as Mikel Arteta has identified Benfica's attacking midfielder as the best replacement for Mesut Ozil who is ageing and his future with the Gunners may appear uncertain. Rafael Alexandre Ferreira Fernandes da Silva best known as just "Rafa Silva" has a playing style similar to his former team mate Bruno Fernandes, who signed for Manchester United this January.
Arsenal are reported to have shown interest in the Portuguese after a wonderful performance this season. According to Portuguese Sports Media Correio de Manha, the gunners could receive a huge boost since the Portuguese is also interested in North London move. Arsenal will now have to find fast way possible of sealing the deal before another giant club joins the race.
Now at the age of 27, Rafael was part of the Portuguese squad that won the Euefa European Championship back in 2016. So far he has featured in 81 games and scored a total of 27 goals for the Eagles since his arrival at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in 2016. He has shown a huge improvement in his performance this season that has made Arsenal Management staff to monitor his close movements.
This season, he has featured in 25 games and banged a total of 9 goals as well as providing 6 more assists to his team mates. Following the thriving of Bruno Fernandes upon arrival at Manchester United, Benfica has raised the price tag for the midfield maestro to 71 million. And now the only limitation that the Gunners are facing is how to stump such a huge of money to sign a 27 years old star.
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