Report: 25-year-old could well be in Leeds' team to play their first pre-season friendly in Australia
Raphinha could well play a part for Leeds United on their pre-season tour of Australia despite uncertainty over his future.
Leeds Live report that if nothing changes, Raphinha will play as normal when Jesse Marsch’s first summer tour in charge kicks off.
Kalvin Phillips has played his final game for the club after sealing his switch to champions Manchester City on a six-year deal.
But Raphinha wants to join Barcelona, who do not have the money to sign him as it stands, despite months of talks.
Raphinha could play for Leeds in pre-season
Chelsea do seem to have the money but Raphinha is clearly not convinced by going to Stamford Bridge, instead waiting for Barcelona.
But while he is waiting, Leeds have no intention of leaving him out of the side once they set off for the other side of the world.
He will not feature against Blackpool this weekend but he could yet even play competitive Premier League games if he holds out for Barca once the season starts.
Arsenal have also been linked, but that seems to have gone quiet since Chelsea made the biggest offer for the Brazilian.
While it is clear where Raphinha wants to go, what is less sure is how long he will wait for it to happen.
Also, would he depart Leeds for another English club, or just stay put and wait for things to change at the Camp Nou? Only time will tell.
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