Journalist Dean Jones has claimed that Leeds United winger Raphinha is “open to literally everything” in relation to an Elland Road exit this summer.
Speaking on the Ranks FC podcast, Jones was discussing Leeds’ potential summer transfer plans as they potentially prepare for life without some of their major players.
Spanish outlet Sport claimed that Barcelona had agreed a five-year deal with the player, but their ongoing financial struggles could derail their ambitions, and with plenty of clubs waiting in the wings, Jones has stated that the Brazilian could end up elsewhere.
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He said: “Raphinha, almost certain to be gone. He’s open to literally everything at the moment, to be honest with you, from what I’m hearing.”
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He led the club with 11 goals last season to stave off relegation, but with a hefty sum, manager Jesse Marsch could try and fill the void left by the winger as well as investing in other areas of the squad that are lacking.
The Mirror is reporting that executives at Thorp Arch are hoping to bring in a striker after Patrick Bamford missed large parts of the most recent campaign through injury, and a chunk of Raphinha’s proposed fee could go a long way in bringing in a guarantee of goals, with New York City striker Taty Castellanos the heaviest of names linked.