Raphinha wants speedy Leeds United exit as Tottenham twist emerges
Raphinha wants a “swift conclusion” to his future this summer after Leeds United rejected a bid for the Brazil winger, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper reported via their print edition on Friday (24 June, page 80) that Raphinha, 25, favours a move from Barcelona while Tottenham have made an enquiry for the ex-Rennes star and Chelsea are “putting together an offer”.
It is understood that Raphinha wants his future to be settled as soon as possible as he seeks a quickfire exit from Elland Road to potentially join one of the top-six Premier League clubs.
The Mail adds that the tussle for Raphinha’s signature will “drive up the price” of a deal that sees him leave Elland Road.
It is expected that any fee for the Brazilian will “smash” their record transfer sale, which is still Rio Ferdinand’s £30million move to Manchester United in 2002.
If there is a bidding war for Raphinha then the only real winners are going to be Leeds.
Barcelona might as well be ruled out of the race at this point despite them being the Brazilian’s favoured destination because they simply cannot afford to meet Leeds’ demands.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs, however, should be able to stump up the funds required to release the winger from his contract at Elland Road.
Leeds can definitely get well over £60million for Raphinha if they decide to sell to the highest bidder.
It remains to be seen what Raphinha’s preference is when it comes to the interested Premier League clubs but Chelsea and Spurs can offer Champions League football while Arsenal can perhaps offer him a safer route into their starting line-up.
Tottenham’s front-three will be hard to break into as Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevksi were one of the best attack forces in the Premier League in 2021/22.
Chelsea, though, seem to be in a transition period with new owners and big-name players being linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge.
Raphinha could probably walk into Thomas Tuchel’s starting line-up regardless of whether any sales are made and they would guarantee instant Champions League football to the in-demand Leeds man.
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