Arsenal now favourites to sign Raphinha

22 Jun 2022 07:54 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Wednesday 22nd June, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Arsenal now favourites to sign Raphinha

Odds of Raphinha joining Barcelona have taken a sharp nosedive after it was revealed by 'The Athletic' that Arsenal have submitted a formal offer for the Brazilian International winger. Whilst the bid was turned down flat, the Gunners are expected to pursue their target.

Up until Recently, Barcelona were odds on favourites to land the 26yo, but a lack of spending power has halted them in their tracks, allowing other clubs to muscle in. Whilst Raphinha's agent, Deco remains desperate for his client to join the Catalan giants, interest from Arsenal may convince Xavi to search elsewhere. The Gunners are currently 17/20 favourites to land Raphinha, whilst Barcelona's odds have drifted as far as 9/2. Those who believe he will stay at Elland Road this Summer can enjoy odds of 5/1.





Minamino Monaco bound

Leeds Utd have conceded defeat in the quest to land Liverpool striker Takumi Minamino after the Merseyside outfit agreed a £15m deal with Monaco. It was hoped that Jesse Marsch could persuade the Japanese International to join Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen in joining him for a reunion, but the lure of the French Riviera has proved too much.

Valentin Castellanos, Viktor Gyökeres, Arnaud Kalimuendo, Terem Moffi, Ben Brereton Díaz and Armando Broja continue to be linked to Leeds with Kalimuendo (£20m) and Castellanos (£15m) the more likely targets.





Could Nigerian winger replace Raphinha this Summer

Leeds are understood to be weighing up a bid for Nigerian International winger Moses Simon. The soon-to-be 27 year old applies his trade with Ligue 1 outfit Nantes, joining them in 2019 (initially on loan) from Spanish side Levante Unión Deportiva.

After bursting through the academy ranks at Ajax nearly ten years ago, Simon enjoyed successful spells in Slovakia and Belgium, where he helped Gent win the Belgian Pro League and Super Cup in 2015. He only has twelve months left on his four-year contract, so is available at the cut down price of £9m. Simon has over 50 caps for Nigeria, and played a part at the African Cup of Nations earlier this year.

He has exceptional skill and pace, unusual for a player who is only 5ft 5'. Several media reports are indicating that Simon could be bought in to replace Raphinha. Whilst I'm sure he'd be a decent addition to the squad, I can't help feeling a little underwhelmed, if true. Club Brugge's Noa Lang and Schalke's Rabbi Matondo continue to be linked with a move to Elland Road for the right wing role.




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Irish Ian wrote on 24 Jun 2022 10:05 pm

Rover wrote: Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:11 pm Can anybody give an example where 4-2-2-2 has been a success in any of the top 5 leagues? It hasn't happened because the full backs push too far forward and get exposed defensively! Ragnick couldn't make it work with the most expensive squad in world football at Man U.
Ragnick couldnt get it to work that's true.
Was it because.
1. The squad he had were so disenfranchised they weren't bothered to learn it.?
2. The system itself is awf to play?
3. An other.

I suppose we will learn soon enough. But expect teams to be getting in behind us next season on a regular basis if we go for the willy shape.

Kennyb41 wrote on 24 Jun 2022 09:18 pm

Rover wrote: Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:11 pm Can anybody give an example where 4-2-2-2 has been a success in any of the top 5 leagues? It hasn't happened because the full backs push too far forward and get exposed defensively! Ragnick couldn't make it work with the most expensive squad in world football at Man U.
Can they fck,

BUT LET'S TRY IT IN THE PREM YEYYYYYY!!!!!

Rover wrote on 24 Jun 2022 09:11 pm

Gabolt wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 3:06 pm I don’t see Adams as anything but a great fit in Marsch’s system. He knows the system and plays it very well. BUT if Marsch get fired in October Leeds is stuck with a DM that would be average in another system. Exactly what’s happened to him at Leipzig. Great when in the Ragnick/Marsch system. Expendable otherwise.
If it was a loan with option to buy it would be perfect. Paying £20-25M for him is a leap of faith.
Can anybody give an example where 4-2-2-2 has been a success in any of the top 5 leagues? It hasn't happened because the full backs push too far forward and get exposed defensively! Ragnick couldn't make it work with the most expensive squad in world football at Man U.

Gabolt wrote on 23 Jun 2022 03:06 pm

I don’t see Adams as anything but a great fit in Marsch’s system. He knows the system and plays it very well. BUT if Marsch get fired in October Leeds is stuck with a DM that would be average in another system. Exactly what’s happened to him at Leipzig. Great when in the Ragnick/Marsch system. Expendable otherwise.
If it was a loan with option to buy it would be perfect. Paying £20-25M for him is a leap of faith.

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 23 Jun 2022 04:41 am

John in Louisiana wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:08 pm Tyler Adams can cut it in any league. If we have to replace Kalvin we could do a lot worse than Adams.

Pulisic, Aaronson, Adams, Gio Reyna, and Dest are the only Americans I would consider.
Agree. I'd be right behind signing Adams. Sad that so many just think that if they're American they must be crap. US has several rising stars right now. Alphonso Davis (Canadian I know) is probably the best LB in the world right now.