Leeds United winger Raphinha is now personally attempting to find a new club ahead of the summer transfer window, according to a report from Spain (via Sport Witness).
The lowdown: Rife speculation
Despite retaining Premier League status on the final day of the 2021/22 season, Raphinha continues to be linked with a big money move away from Elland Road this summer.
Having been heavily indexed to La Liga giants Barcelona, recently Liverpool have seemingly returned with their own admiration for the Brazilian attacker.
However, as all goes quiet from the Spanish front, the 25-year-old may now have taken matters into his own hands…
The latest: Move sought
It’s claimed that Raphinha – who was lauded as ‘sensational’ by South American football expert Tim Vickery – is ‘offering himself to other clubs’ as he attempts to secure a place in the Brazil national team squad for the Qatar World Cup later this year.
The report states that the prospect of a switch to the Catalan club is ‘losing strength’ due to the priority of taking Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski to the Camp Nou instead.
The verdict: An inevitable exit
Unfortunately, it appears highly improbable that Raphinha will still be with the Whites at the start of the 2022/23 campaign and at this stage, it’s questionable as to whether Jesse Marsch would want the Brazilian to stay.
Actively seeking a departure from Elland Road puts the skilful magician in an invidious position that would likely allow enough water pass under the bridge to see Andrea Radrizzani sell should an acceptable offer be forthcoming.
On that note, valued at £40.5million and with two years remaining on a deal in Yorkshire (Transfermarkt), Leeds should expect to boost their own transfer coffers to the tune of at least £50million as Marsch and Victor Orta eye a possible replacement in the shape of Takumi Minamino.
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