By Daniel Feliciano

25th Jun, 2022 | 7:45pm

Leeds United would prefer to sell Raphinha abroad

Leeds would prefer to sell Raphinha to Barcelona than to a Premier League rival, according to a report by Mundo Deportivo.

A report by The Athletic [June 25] claimed that Arsenal have moved to the front of the queue for the Brazilian winger, who wants to leave Elland Road for European football ahead of the World Cup.

But despite being heavily linked with a move to Barcelona for much of the summer, the Catalan giants have been unable to seal a deal due to the gap in valuation they have in comparison to Leeds’ asking price.

According to Mundo [June 25] the Whites would prefer to sell Raphinha abroad so as to not strengthen a Premier League rival, however the most important condition to a sale is that their value is met.

They have also accepted the player will not renew his contract now, something they had hoped at the start of the year. His current deal ends in 2024.

Major battle

There’s a big battle brewing right now for Raphinha and that can only be a positive thing from where Leeds are standing.

The player is yet to make a push for a transfer away, but the club know they won’t be short on offers and they’re not likely to stand in his way considering the performances he has put in during his two years at the club.

While Arsenal look likely to make a big play for the upcoming window to bring Raphinha in, it still seems as though his preference would be a move to Spain.

Deco is working hard to get a deal done for his client and former club, but Leeds have no loyalties to that potential deal and if someone else makes an offer they deem acceptable it will get done.

The preference would be Barcelona so that he can’t hurt us in the new season, but the swiftness that the club have been able to do their business so far this summer should fill fans with confidence that adequate replacements will be found and brought in.

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