By Sam Stone

9th Sep, 2022 | 1:10pm

Leeds United could be faced with another Raphinha saga with Luis Sinisterra

Leeds United could be sleepwalking into another Raphinha saga with a European journalist already eying Luis Sinisterra for a big-money transfer.

Veteran Italian Sports journalist Carlo Pellegatti has earmarked (Numero-Diez, 8 September) Sinisterra as a potential replacement for Rafael Leão should the 23-year-old make a much anticipated big-money move away from the San Siro.

It’s a compliment to Leeds’ recruitment that Sinisterra is being praised in Europe but also a slight concern considering the Raphinha saga that raged for most of the summer window.

The Columbian winger already has three goals and one assist in six games for the Whites in what has been a promising start to life in Yorkshire after his summer move from Eredivisie side Feyenoord.

At 23, Sinisterra is a player who could really take his game to the next level in the Premier League and much-like Raphinha, he’s coming to England as an unknown quantity.

The danger for Leeds is that should he continue the level of performance he has shown is that he will begin to draw the attention of some of the bigger clubs in the Premier League and in Europe.

The Columbian is contracted to Leeds for another five years, which certainly puts the club in a strong position for any negotiations that may take place.

However, the money that has been thrown around in the 2022 summer window has been like no other, with transfer fees increasing each year.

If a big fee didn’t arrive for Sinisterra then another Raphinha situation could well arise for Leeds.

Although, the fact that he has already received praise from Europe indicates that Leeds’ have identified an excellent player and the club deserve credit.

It seems unlikely they will lose him any time soon, but if he continues to progress, it would not be a shock to see Europe’s giants take note.

In other Leeds United news, another Champions League star has been named as a “great fit for Leeds” after the club previously held talks.