By Craig Scott

26th Jun, 2022 | 12:10pm

Leeds United want Raphinha to join La Liga club with development expected within days

Leeds United would rather Raphinha joined a club in La Liga this summer instead of one of their Premier League rivals, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Spanish newspaper reported on Sunday (26 June, page five) that Leeds are demanding £47.3million up front for the 25-year-old winger, plus an extra £12.9million in add-ons.

Barcelona have been strongly linked with Raphinha for months with the Brazil international said to favour a move to the Nou Camp this summer.

However, it is now understood that Raphinha is “receptive” to joining Arsenal with the Gunners now favourites to sign the Brazil international despite having an opening bid rejected by Leeds.

Mundo Deportivo claims that Arsenal will “speed up” their bid to sign Raphinha “in the coming days” and have scheduled negotiations with the winger’s representatives.

Agreed

We’d also rather see Raphinha go to a team overseas rather than staying in England.

It’ll hurt a lot to see him in the shirt of another Premier League club next season but that, unfortunately, seems to be the most likely outcome.

Arsenal are already reported to have made a bid for Raphinha while Tottenham and Chelsea are also linked with signing the Brazilian.

At least it’s not Manchester United trying to sign the former Rennes star. But it’ll still sting seeing him in the kit of someone like Arsenal or Chelsea.

Raphinha’s a top-class player who belongs at a top-class club.

Leeds are some way off being at the level a player like Raphinha demands because he doesn’t belong at a club who was fighting against relegation last season.

If Barca can afford him, we’d be more than happy to see him go to one of the biggest clubs in the world, compete for silverware and play in the Champions League.

He can do that in England, too. But we just don’t want him to.

In other Leeds United news, negotiations have closed on the Whites selling this player, who’s agreed a three-year deal.