It seems that Leeds United will not be letting Raphinha leave on the cheap if the Brazilian is to leave this summer.
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The winger has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona recently, with some suggestions that the Spanish giants have already agreed personal terms on a deal with the player.
However, it has also been reported that Leeds will not sell Raphinha to Barcelona, for less than the La Liga side signed Ferran Torres from Manchester City back in the 2020 January transfer window.
That fee was worth around €55million, with a further €10million in add-ons, meaning if such a deal was to be agreed for Raphinha, there would be plenty of funds for Leeds to reinvest in their squad.
So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at three players who Leeds should be looking to sign, if they are to receive that sort of fee for Raphinha.
Leeds made two bids for Aaronson during the January transfer window, the second of which was reportedly worth £20million, although they were unable to force through a deal for the American.
However, the Whites are seemingly still interested in the attacking midfielder, who was signed for his current club, RB Salzburg, by now Leeds manager Jesse Marsch, meaning not only would he provide some threat from a similar area to Raphinha, he would be playing for a manager who knows how to get the best out of him.
It has also been suggested that Salzburg will demand between €25-30million for the 21-year-old, so Aaronson would surely be within the club’s price range if they were to get the sort of fee they seemingly want for Raphinha.
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This season has seemingly shown that Leeds do need some cover and competition for Patrick Bamford upfront, given their struggle for goals in the England international’s absence.
One player who has been linked with filling that role is Ben Brereton-Diaz,who has scored 20 goals in 30 league games for Blackburn to help them mount a push for promotion from the Championship.
Reports during the January window suggested Leeds were being priced out of a move for the striker, but the windfall from a Raphinha sale may mean they can now afford the Chile international, especially considering he will be entering the final year of his Ewood Park contract this summer, making this Blackburn’s last chance to cash in on him.
If Raphinha is to leave Leeds in the summer, then the Elland Road club will surely have to fill the void he leaves on the wing.
That could mean it is worth them revisiting their interest in Noa Lang, who was linked with the club last summer following an outstanding debut season with Club Brugge, and is now enjoying another impressive campaign with the Belgian giants.
Given Lang is still at Brugge despite links with a number of clubs last summer, it seems the Dutch international may not be a cheap signing, although the sale of Raphinha could open the door for Leeds to meet an asking price here.
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