Is Raphinha the last piece of the jigsaw?
06 Oct 2020 07:26 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 6th October, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Is Raphinha the last piece of the jigsaw
There was late drama at Elland Road last night as the Leeds Utd hierarchy were trying to rush through a work permit for Brazilian winger Raphinha before the transfer will slammed shut at 11pm. Fortunately for all concerned could give a big sigh of relief once it was realised that Raphinha has a Italian passport, and is therefore an EU citizen. With just thirty minutes left on the clock, came the news everyone was waiting to hear, Raphunha had signed a four year deal with the Whites for £17m.
The exciting winger, who will wear the number 18 shirt will provide real competition for the likes of Harrison, Costa and Poveda. Not only does the Brazilian have the pace ans skill to upset many top flight defenders, but will track back and has shown a real flair for tackling, something missing, especially from Costa.
Who will make place for Raphinha, and is this player now surplus to requirements? Leeds have until the 17th October to raid any EFL clubs, with Norwich duo Todd Cantwell and Emi Buendia both being strongly linked!
Jilted Cuisance joins Marseille
Midfielder Michael Cuisance has joined Marseille from German Champions Bayern Munich on a season long long, with an option to buy! The 21-year-old came very close to becoming Leeds second most expensive purchase, but failed his medical at the 11th hour. Instead, Bayern rubbished the medical report, and the French Youth International will feature for André Villas-Boas's Marseilles.
Cuisance's versatility and fitness would have certainly boosted Leeds midfield, and taken some pressure off Klich. Should Leeds have negotiated a similar loan to buy deal once the injury came to light? Have the Whites missed out on a bargain?
Hands off Orta - Kinnear
Leeds United chief executive Angus Kinnear has issued a hands-off warning to clubs looking to poach 'Director of Football' Victor Orta away from Elland Road. The excitable Spaniard has enjoyed considerable successive since his arrival in 2017, and was instrumental in bringing Marcelo Bielsa to West Yorkshire.
The news comes after Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Orta tops a shortlist of three for the position at Roma, with Lille's Luis Campos and former RB Leipzig head coach Ralf Rangnick also being considered. Kinnear does not intend to let Orta go anywhere - and even joked about Orta's excitable antics against Derby at the back end of last season!!!
Victor’s been a massive part of everything in the Championship and the squad he’s building in the Premier League.
So, there is interest from other clubs in Victor - it doesn’t surprise us - but we’re not letting him go anywhere. If they saw his behaviour in the director’s box, they wouldn’t want him either.