Will Raphinha remain a Leeds United player next season?
27 Oct 2021 04:59 pm, by YorkshireSquare
Since the Brazilian’s arrival at Elland Road in last season’s summer transfer window from Stade Rennais, Raphinha has become a delightful addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United side. Yet recent rumours have been stirring up that has included potential gossip for the Brazilian’s departure from Elland Road, leaving many United fans to question whether Raphinha will remain a Leeds player in the long run.
After what has been a calamitous start to the 2021/22 Premier League season from Marcelo Bielsa’s side, one of the very few bright sparks has included Raphinha’s excellent string of performances that has since established the Brazilian as a major fan favourite at Elland Road. Raphinha has netted three times in seven games so far in the league this season against the likes of West Ham, Newcastle and Everton with many praising the wingers excellent form amidst a poor run of fortune for Leeds.
The winger has also impressed while on international duty with the Brazilian national team after being called up to the team in August, with his most clinical game being a 4-1 victory over Uruguay with Raphinha netting twice. Ever since making his first cap for Brazil, and impressing in the games since, Raphinha’s name has been addressed by a number of publications for a potential move away from Yorkshire with Leeds still struggling to find positive results in the early stages of the season.
So, could Raphinha be a potential outgoing brewing ahead of the looming January window?
While the term ‘second-season syndrome’ is often a phrase that is touted by a number of fans and mainly focuses on newly promoted sides who impress in their first season back in Premier League yet struggle to remain afloat the year after, Leeds are still classed as perennial favourites to avoid the drop this season. This list of online bookmakers gives a greater insight into the current odds available for United’s upcoming fixtures and their potential final season position, with the Whites still favoured to turn their fortunes around after a recent string of poor results that has left Leeds veering just above the relegation zone.
Throughout this patchy run of form, a representative of Raphinha has recently set the Brazilian’s asking price with the glaring eyes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United all monitoring the 24-year-olds progress and recent performances while with Leeds and on international duty, with reports even speculating that there could be up to a 60million Euro demand for Raphinha’s services.
Since moving to Elland Road in last year’s summer transfer window, Raphinha has been an integral part of Marcelo Bielsa’s starting line-up and added a much-needed flair and agility to the frontline to partner with English international striker Patrick Bamford. In thirty games last season, the Brazilian netted six times and recorded nine assists, playing a pivotal role in United’s respectable and majorly impressive tenth placed finish in their first campaign back in the topflight, a competition that had illuded United since their relegation in 2004.
After an impressive debut campaign, the wide man has shown hardly any deficiencies to his game and could be in line to win the club’s player of the season award should he continue to impress. Yet with Leeds struggling to find any lapse of consistency of late, a number of club’s have begun to spark their interest in the Brazilian’s signature and may look to lure him out of Elland Road.
It may seem unlikely that Raphinha maybe requesting a move out of Yorkshire at this current juncture as there is still plenty of football to be played for the remained of the season, yet with the January transfer window dawning ever closer, a number of club’s are expected to be heating up their interest for the 24-year-old winger. While the aforenoted price that was speculated above, in the region of 60million Euros, is certainly a colossal sum of money, Leeds are likely to stand firm on Raphinha and will at least be hoping to regain his services until the end of the current season.
With Raphinha arguably being United’s most valued asset this season, Leeds will look to avoid any transfer speculation talk and are predicted to reject any major offers that could be sent their way in January. Raphinha himself has not mentioned anything publicly about the spiralling interest he is gaining from the league’s most elite clubs with fans hoping that he continue to remain solely focused on his game and help pull the Whites out of the slump they current find themselves in.
The Brazilian’s name is garnishing more and more interest from a number of club’s each passing week after a positive debut season in the league last season and a recent string of positive form with Bielsa hoping to reignite a number of other names in the starting line-up to help get United’s form back on track.