Arsenal opened talks with 27-year-old versatile Portuguese attacker

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The London giants are interested in signing Benfica attacker Rafa Silva, with the footballer reportedly keen to move to Arsenal. Portugal international is ‘flattered’ by Gunners interest in his services.

Rafa has been in fine form this campaign, scoring nine goals and providing six assists in 25 games across all tournaments.

Silva’s release clause stands at £71m, however, as Newcastle were recently quoted with a £25m price tag on the ace.

The Magpies are reportedly interested in signing the 27-year-old playmaker as they continue to be linked with several relatively high-profile names due whilst they’re under a takeover bid from a consortium led by mega-rich Saudi Arabians.

Eagles could be ‘forced’ into parting ways with the ace in the next transfer window as they look to raise funds for their own summer spending.

The Portuguese playmaker was also superb for the European giants last campaign, as his tally of 17 goals in the Portuguese top-flight was only bettered by current Man United star Bruno Fernandes and teammate Haris Seferovic.

Rafa Silva is primarily used as a left-winger, however, he’s comfortable on the opposite flank and has even flourished in a second striker role on a fair few occasions this campaign.