Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update on the future of Leeds United winger Raphinha.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Italian journalist revealed that, despite interest from Barcelona, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal, Victor Orta and his transfer team are now in a much stronger position to hold out for £65m for the Brazil international after the Whites accepted a £42m offer from Manchester City for Kalvin Phillips.
In his tweet, the transfer insider said: “Arsenal and Tottenham are both still working on Raphinha. Barcelona, no fresh bid as of now. No one reached an agreement with Leeds yet, asking £65m fee, stronger after Kalvin deal. Next week can be crucial. Chelsea also called Leeds, but [Raheem] Sterling is top priority.”
While losing a player of Raphinha’s ability will certainly come as a gutting blow to the Elland Road faithful, Romano’s claim that the club are now holding out for an enormous £65m fee in order to sanction the forward’s sale this summer is undoubtedly great news for the future of Jesse Marsch’s side.
Indeed, should the Whites receive such an amount for the 25-year-old, on top of the £42m received from Phillips’ proposed switch to the Etihad Stadium, Orta will have a considerable transfer budget at his disposal this summer. That should duly allow him and Marsch to reshape the Leeds squad into one befitting of the American manager’s image.
This could include pursuing deals for FC Porto’s Otavio, Red Bull Salzburg’s Mohamed Camara, RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams, Club Brugge KV’s Charles De Ketelaere and PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo, all of whom are reported to be on the Whites’ transfer wish list in the current market.
As such, should Raphinha’s sale afford Orta the chance to move for a number of these targets, it would very much seem worth waving goodbye to the Brazilian talisman in the coming weeks, as the winger’s fee would play a huge role in the further revolution of Marsch’s Leeds squad heading into next season.