LONDON’S Premier League giants are in a three-way battle for a hat-trick of Brazilian stars.
Samba boys Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison and Raphinha are all being eyed up by a trio of the biggest clubs in the capital.
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has dropped his interest in Gabriel Jesus, giving Arsenal and Chelsea a clearer run at the Manchester City forward.
But Conte’s Spurs and Chelsea are vying for Richarlison, who wants to leave Everton but is rated at more than £50million.
And Spurs are also in a fight with arch-rivals Arsenal for Leeds wideman Raphinha, coveted by Barcelona too but who would command a similar fee.
It makes for a Selecao-themed sideshow to the summer transfer market and one that could see each London club end the window with a shiny, new Brazilian international in their ranks.
Jesus, 25, has a year left on his City contract and is expected to leave following the signings of strikers Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.
Arsenal have a long-term interest in the former Palmeiras forward, whom Mikel Arteta worked with during his time as Pep Guardiola’s No2 at City.
The Gunners are keen for a new frontman following the freebies exits of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, in January and this summer respectively, though Eddie Nketiah has signed a new deal.
They have been boosted in their pursuit of Jesus by Spurs dropping out of the race.
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Tottenham are keen for a versatile forward and were interested, but are now focusing on Richarlison and Raphinha, along with other attacking targets.
Richarlison, 25, swapped agencies last term hoping for a move in the close-season, though the Toffees will not sell him cheaply.
He can play out wide and through the middle, which is attractive to Spurs who would like to ease the load on Harry Kane, while Chelsea are after a new forward after agreeing to loan Romelu Lukaku back to Inter Milan.
Should Spurs manage to snare Raphinha, 25, from Elland Road, they could move for another striker to serve as back-up to Kane.
Source: The Sun
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