LONDON’S Premier League giants are in a three-way battle for the Brazilian stars’ hat-trick.
Samba boys Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison and Raphinha are all eyed by a trio of the capital’s biggest clubs.
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has ditched his interest in Gabriel Jesus, giving Arsenal and Chelsea a clearer run in the Manchester City striker.
But Contes Spurs and Chelsea are vying for Richarlison, who wants to leave Everton but is valued at more than £50m.
And Spurs are also battling with arch-rivals Arsenal for Leeds wideman Raphinha, who is also coveted by Barcelona but would demand a similar fee.
It’s a Selecao-themed side-show on the summer transfer market and one where any London club could end the window with a shiny new Brazil international in their ranks.
Jesus, 25, has a year left on his City contract and is expected to leave after strikers Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez have signed.
Arsenal have a long-term interest in the former Palmeiras striker, who Mikel Arteta worked with during his time as Pep Guardiola’s No. 2 at City.
The Gunners are keen on a new frontman after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette left the Freebies in January and this summer respectively, despite Eddie Nketiah re-signing.
They were strengthened in their pursuit of Jesus by Spurs’ elimination from the race.
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Tottenham are keen and interested in a versatile striker but are now focused on Richarlison and Raphinha, along with other attacking targets.
Richarlison, 25, switched agencies last semester and was hoping for an off-season move, though the Toffees won’t sell him cheaply.
He can play wide and through the middle, which is attractive for Spurs who want to relieve Harry Kane while Chelsea are looking for a new striker after agreeing to loan Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.
Should Spurs manage to snap Raphinha, 25, from Elland Road, they could seek another striker to replace Kane.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5628631/chelsea-arsenal-spurs-transfer-jesus-richarlison-raphinha/ London rivals Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs in a stunning three-way transfer battle for the trio of Jesus, Richarlison and Raphinha