Raphinha is the one of more intriguing names in this summer’s transfer market, and while Leeds United are unlikely to let their top scorer and best player go easily or cheaply (but not unfairly or obstructively) with two years left on his contract, it’s far from certain that he will see out even one of those two years remaining.
The 25-year-old is strongly linked with Barcelona for months now. And tenuously linked with Chelsea as well — among many others. But it’s Arsenal who have made the first move, submitting a “formal offer” yesterday, according to The Athletic. It’s unclear how much the bid was, but it was apparently “well below” what Leeds might wants. And so Leeds looks set to reject that offer.
In the meantime, the Athletic add that Raphinha would much rather prefer Barcelona. However, Barcelona will not go anywhere close to the asking price of Leeds. However, given that Laporta told Raphinha that the club want him, we might hear more about that story.