By Saikat Mandal

7th Jul, 2022 | 6:40am

Raphinha suffers from dilemma as Leeds United count on him to stay put

Leeds United winger Raphinha is facing a dilemma about his future, while the club is now “counting” on him to stay and start the next season strongly.

According to a report from UOL (6 July), the winger, who has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, is not ready to join Chelsea as he waits for a strong offer from Barcelona.

The report adds that the player could stay at the club beyond the summer. Raphinha knows that he’ll get regular games at Leeds that will boost his chance of playing in the World Cup, but the Whites are a side that barely managed to stay in the Premier League last season.

At the same time, a move to a bigger club like Chelsea or Barcelona will generate a lot of attention, but he might find himself dropping down the pecking order which could cost him a place in the national team.

U-turn?

The Whites have made some fantastic signings this summer, and it would be massive if Raphinha changes his mind and decides to stay put.

Mentally, Raphinha has decided to leave, but a move to Barcelona looks difficult for him. The Brazilian, at the same time, doesn’t want to join any other Premier League club as well.

In such a scenario, the possibility of him staying at Elland Road cannot be completely ruled out.

Leeds are in complete command of the situation. The Whites are ready to offload him this summer but only at the right price. He can still move to Chelsea, but the club is still fine if Raphinha doesn’t want to go there.

If Raphinha feels that Barcelona will be in a better position to bid for him next summer, and that he is ready to wait, the Yorkshire club won’t mind at all.

If he enjoys a fantastic World Cup, his price will remain the same, and the club can get the best out of him over the entire season. So, it’s a win-win situation for the Yorkshire club, and possibly that’s why they are now counting on him to stay put.

In other Leeds United news, the club have now opened talks with an ‘Incredible’ title-winning central midfielder to replace Kalvin Phillips and sign him along with Tyler Adams.