By George Overhill

28th Jun, 2022 | 6:30am

Raphinha needs Leeds United exit in less than two weeks if he is set on leaving

Raphinha has less than two weeks to seal a transfer from Leeds United if he is set on going, according to Leeds Live’s Beren Cross.

The Brazilian has been long thought to be set on a move to Barcelona, but with that failing to materialise it seems he and his agent Deco have turned their attentions to Premier League suitors.

Arsenal opened the bidding but Tottenham and Chelsea are also in the race, and if he is intent on making the step up to play in Europe he will want to bring an end to his transfer saga soon.

The Whites are due to make a pre-season trip to Australia in July which would both hamper a potential move to one of the interested clubs, and would mean a lot of travelling in order to prepare for the upcoming season with a team he isn’t expected to be in.

Cross wrote for Leeds Live on Monday (27 June): “The Whites are set to fly out to Australia at the back end of the second week in July.

“If Raphinha, no stranger to long-haul flights, does not fancy the best part of 24 hours travelling in the air to the other side of the world with a club he has no long-term plans for, then he has less than two weeks to get this move done.

“Jesse Marsch and United expect the Brazilian to be present and correct for that tour Down Under if he remains their player on that date.

“The trip there does not of course then preclude clubs from bidding while he is away, but that distance from Europe will hardly aid a swift transfer.”

Deadline

The entire situation has hardly worked in favour of the 25 year old star, as his expected move to the Camp Nou stalled thanks to issues on their end.

Now he faces the prospect of being rushed into a move to an alternative or else have to put in considerable time and energy to the Whites pre-season travels.

To his credit he appears to have conducted himself well throughout the transfer speculation, remaining committed to the team during the relegation battle, and not making a scene since the season ended.

He has demonstrated a connection to the club that makes it impossible to entirely rule out the prospect that if the deal he wants doesn’t come together in time that he throws himself into the United preparations with full force.

In many ways that would be the ideal outcome for fans, and although his contract would be six months shorter, should he perform strongly at the World Cup in the winter, he may be in even greater demand come January.

The club and the supporters either want the talented winger in the squad or a hefty fee if he has to go, and with the first concrete bid a low-ball offering from the Emirates it doesn’t bode especially well for either.

The next two weeks will therefore be crucial to his short-term future.

In other Leeds United news, the club have been tipped to spend another £100million and more to address the shortcomings in the squad.