Phil Hay: Player has jetted into England ahead of last-minute Leeds move
Athletic journalist Phil Hay has claimed that “all eyes” are on the Raphinha deal for Leeds United on transfer deadline day.
He said that Leeds are expected to “move quickly” this morning and seal a deal for the Rennes winger.
Hay added that the player landed in England last night and that Leeds have an agreement with the French club.
On Sunday, SportItalia journalist Gianluigi Longari claimed Leeds had agreed a £15.4m fee for Raphinha, with another £5.4m in add-ons.
In a follow-up on The Athletic, Hay claimed the fee for Raphinha would be £17m upfront plus add-ons.
Deadline day – all eyes on Raphinha deal. Should move quickly this morning. He landed in England late last night. Agreement in place with Rennes. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) October 5, 2020
Busy day for Raphinha
When a major deal is agreed – as was reported yesterday – it’s usual for players to be withdrawn from a matchday squad.
Not Raphinha. He played for Rennes on Sunday and scored a goal in the 2-2 draw against Reims.
As soon as he’d showered and changed, it seems like he was straight onto a plane to fly to England ahead of signing for Leeds.
If that was his last game for Rennes then it was a good one and he didn’t show that he had one eye on Elland Road.
He was the man of the match, according to WhoScored, with an 8.2 rating. The next nearest player was awarded a 7.7.
The 23-year-old looks set to add even more attacking firepower to the Leeds’ flanks.
He’ll join Jack Harrison, Ian Poveda and Helder Costa, and that will provide superb attacking depth, with Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo battling for the striker spot.
Rodrigo looked like he was worth every penny of his £27m fee against Man City on Saturday evening and he’ll be pushing for a regular start now.
Raphinha has two weeks with Marcelo Bielsa to prove he should start ahead of the next Premier League game for Leeds, at home to Wolves on October 19.
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