By Mark Smith

25th Jun, 2022 | 9:15am

Leeds United advance with Arsenal in exit talks for major Raphinha transfer

Leeds United and Arsenal have advanced negotiations over a deal for Raphinha, according to Matteo Maretto.

The Relevo journalist has reported that although there is no full agreement, the blockbuster deal to take the Brazilian to London is now much closer.

This would be a crushing 24 hours for Leeds, with Manchester City said to have agreed a deal worth up to £45million to sign Kalvin Phillips this summer.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, Moretto shared the latest news alongside Toni Juanmarti with the Whites closing in on another exit.

“Raphinha, permanent contact Leeds-Arsenal,” he wrote.

“The clubs advance in the operation. There is no full agreement yet, but the parties continue to get closer.

“At the moment the Gunners are on pole.”

Crushing.

Could these last 24 hours have gone any worst for Leeds?

At a moment where this week it looked as though potential exits for Raphinha and Phillips would drag on, both could happen in a matter of days, much to our disbelief.

City agreeing on a fee for Phillips only strengthens our stance on the Brazilian though, as Leeds don’t need funds and can dig their feet in for £65million or more as they get ready for another one to leave.

This is the business of football, unfortunately, and clubs with huge finances are always going to try and snipe your best players after what was a poor season by everyone’s standards.

It will be interesting to see if Barcelona finally put their finger out though, with that said to be the dream move of Raphinha and his agent Deco.

Although they have been awful in these negotiations, we would much prefer the winger to go there just so we don’t have to see him tear up the Premier League every single week elsewhere.

This next week could be when everything is finalised for our two star men to move on – buckle in.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign this striker with a rival set to kickstart a major £30million+ transfer battle