Report: Arsenal and Liverpool target Raphinha still likely to leave Leeds
Raphinha is still likely to leave Leeds despite their final day survival, with the Daily Express reporting that Arsenal and Liverpool have shown interest in the Brazilian ahead of the summer.
Leeds fans will remember Raphinha’s performance and celebrations at Brentford for a long time. The Whites, of course, were major underdogs to keep themselves in the Premier League at the weekend.
They had to better Burnley’s result. And their fate would be out of their hands had the Clarets beaten Newcastle.
However, the Magpies did their bit and won at Turf Moor. Meanwhile, Raphinha inspired Leeds to a 2-1 win at Brentford. He scored the opener after winning a penalty. And it was his corner that ultimately led to Jack Harrison scoring the stoppage-time winner to send the away end into a frenzy.
It was not long until Raphinha was in that away end. The winger could not stop himself getting right amongst the celebrations after the full-time whistle.
Leeds have certainly boosted their hopes of Raphinha staying. But of course, there is bound to be plenty of interest in him over the coming months.
The good news is that Leeds will not need to sell him on the cheap. The Daily Express reports that he had a relegation release clause in his contract worth £21 million. But clearly, that will no longer be needed.
But the Express does suggest that his departure is still likely. And there is interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Raphinha still likely to leave Leeds
It would be massive for Leeds to keep Raphinha. He is a player Daniel James has labelled a ‘magician‘. And without him this season, the Whites would be on their way to the Championship.
His performance on the final day would be a brilliant way to sign off if he does indeed leave. Leeds can now demand a massive fee for their talisman.
Certainly, the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool may be a little disappointed that Leeds got themselves out of trouble. There is now absolutely no chance that he leaves for anything like £21 million.
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