By Sam Stone

23rd Jun, 2022 | 8:10pm

Fabrizio Romano: Newcastle United dream about signing Leeds United winger Raphinha

The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano has suggested that Newcastle United “dream about” Leeds United winger Raphinha.

The Leeds man has seen speculation over his future skyrocket in recent days with The Athletic reporting [22 June] that the Yorkshire side have turned down a bid from Arsenal for the Brazilian.

Raphinha has been holding out for a move to Barcelona but with Mundo Deportivo reporting on Wednesday 23 June that Ousmane Dembele is set to stay at the club, a move to the Catalan giants now looks dead in the water.

That leaves the winger subject to intense Premier League interest, and Romano has added a new name to the list of potential suitors.

He told on Wednesday 23 June: “I can tell you one thing, Newcastle are among the clubs that could make an effort to sign Raphinha.

“They are very ambitious in the market. 

“Raphinha is one of those players they dream about, a top player who could come to Newcastle.”

PL move likely

Whether Raphinha will be in a Leeds United shirt next season remains to be seen but what is almost certain is that he will remain in the Premier League.

With Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and now potentially Newcastle in pursuit, there is every chance that he will remain in England’s top flight if he does leave Elland Road.

A move to Newcastle should be avoided at all costs by the Brazilian.

There is more to football than money and the 25-year-old would lose all credibility from the Elland Road faithful if he decided to make the trip to the North East.

Leeds fans could forgive Raphinha if he left for Barcelona or a Champions League club, but moving to a similar-sized Premier League side would just seem like a sideways move.

Despite Newcastle’s immense wealth, Raphinha should perhaps look at the dealings that have gone on at Elland Road in recent weeks and realise that Leeds are in fact heading in the right direction.

If he stays, he will feature regularly, hit the ground running and most likely play his way into Brazil’s World Cup plans.

Maybe he should seriously contemplate staying at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, a super-agent says he’s heard that this Elland Road star is on the verge of leaving the club for a Premier League rival.