By George Overhill

29th Jun, 2022 | 12:10pm

Leeds United exit to Newcastle for Raphinha ruled out but Chelsea move could cause 'pain'

Leeds United star Raphinha is not going to be moving to Premier League rivals Newcastle as it would only be about “cash” according to Tony Dorigo.

Fabrizio Romano had told Wett Freunde last week (23 June) that the Saudi-backed side could make a late foray into the race for the Brazilian winger, but former Whites defender Dorigo has dismissed the prospect.

While Arsenal appeared to have taken the lead in the race thanks to Barcelona’s inability to come up with a proper offer, Chelsea now look to have blown their London rivals out of the water with an accepted bid [Romano], raising the prospect of the star man damaging United in future.

The Stamford Bridge side can offer Champions League football and in those circumstances it is hard to see the Magpies standing a chance if they were still considering throwing their hat into the ring.

Dorigo wrote in his Yorkshire Evening Post column: “Now Chelsea sound very serious about him. I would much rather that we didn’t make [moves for] players who end up playing against us and causing us pain down the line.

“As for the Newcastle United link this week, that’s one I just cannot see. I cannot see the sense in that – unless you’re talking purely cash.

“If so, then you’d play for anyone but that shouldn’t be the case and doesn’t seem to be the case with Raphinha.”

End game

Weeks of speculation and manoeuvres surrounding the two Whites stars look to be coming to an end with Chelsea storming towards a conclusion on Raphinha days after Manchester City agreed a deal for Kalvin Phillips.

How Newcastle could have stood a genuine chance is debatable without any European football, and even if money is a key factor the 25-year-old is unlikely to be short of it at Stamford Bridge.

The only real positive from the now-likely outcome is that the Londoners have at least stumped up serious money for the winger.

Barcelona apparently had no intention of doing so while Arsenal wasted their opportunity at the front of the queue with a pointlessly low offer.

But facing the Brazilian twice next season, and potentially for years to come assuming United don’t get embroiled in another relegation battle, is not going to be an enjoyable experience.

At least the fact that the recent European Champions are once again in the top club competition means it is an obvious step up for the player.

Had he considered moving to St James’ Park it would have been more of an exit for the sake of it, despite their new-found riches.

There is already a measure of pain for fans with the fact that a second star is on the brink of leaving, so the hope will have to be that in at least two games a season he doesn’t provide more.

In other Leeds United news, one of the club’s main summer targets has been excused from his team’s pre-season training camp in order to sort out a move.