Arsenal Top The Odds To Be Next Club For Raphinha
Leeds United will be a Premier League team next season, but betting sites believe they could lose several key players before then.
The likes of Jack Harrison and Kalvin Phillips have been linked with a move away from Elland Road, but most of the Leeds-related speculation has revolved around Raphinha.
The Brazil international was instrumental in helping the Whites avoid the drop, scoring 11 goals and providing three assists throughout what has been a difficult campaign for the club.
His penalty on on the final day of the season set Leeds on their way against Brentford, and his joyous celebrations after the final whistle showed that Raphinha was not thinking about anything other than simply enjoying the moment in west London.
Talk has quickly turned back to the transfer market though, with numerous clubs circling. Leeds will be desperate to keep hold of Raphinha, but it is notable that the winger spent only one season at Rennes before moving to Yorkshire in 2020.
He will want to test himself at the highest level sooner rather than later, particularly with the World Cup in Qatar on the horizon.
So, where will the 25-year-old be plying his trade at the start of next term? Let’s analyse some of the contenders to sign him.
Raphinha Next Club Odds
Arsenal All The Rage To Sign Raphinha
Arsenal spent more money than any other club in last summer’s transfer window, but this was not a case of the Gunners splurging huge sums on peak-age players seeking one last pay day.
Mikel Arteta and Edu instead targeted younger, hungry players with something to prove.
At 25, Raphinha would fit the mould, although he does play in the same position as Bukayo Saka, their star man last season.
He would still be an exciting addition to the team and the prospect of him linking up with the likes of Saka, Ødegaard, Smith Rowe and Martinelli would make for some silky viewing.
When the prices were initially released, Arsenal were one of the outsiders at 25/1 but a constant flow of support has seen there price come in to 5/4 with Paddy Power.
Barcelona Second Favourites To Sign Leeds Winger
Barcelona are the 2/1 second favourites to win the race for Raphinha’s signature. Football betting sites have had them down as one of the frontrunners for some time now, but there price has drifted in recent weeks – from 4/6 to the current 2/1 widely available.
Xavi Hernandez rejuvenated the Blaugrana after taking charge in November, but there is still work to be done before the club is ready to challenge for the La Liga title again, never mind the Champions League.
Xavi brought Ferran Torres and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Camp Nou in January, but reports state he is still looking to bolster his attack this summer.
Newcastle, Spurs And Man United Possible English Destinations
Tottenham have been backed from 33/1 into 12/1 to sign Raphinha this summer.
After securing the final Champions League spot and with Kane & Son likely to stay, they will be looking to improve there squad for next season.
Although there have not yet been any major rumours linking Raphinha with Spurs yet, the market has spoke volumes and the winger could make a surprise move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Newcastle are expected to splash the cash again this summer, after their significant investment in January helped Eddie Howe to steer the team clear of the relegation zone.
The Magpies will hope to contend for the European places next season, but they will need to improve the squad in virtually every area to do so.
We should expect some fanciful rumours linking world-class stars to Newcastle in the coming weeks.
It would be more realistic for the club to target players like Raphinha, and odds of 25/1 with Betfair suggest they have an outside chance of landing the Leeds man.
Manchester United (33/1) have reportedly been considering swoops for both Raphinha and Phillips, but their rivalry with Leeds could make it difficult for them to land either man.
Having said that, six players have swapped Elland Road for Old Trafford in the past (Joe Jordan, Gordon McQueen, Arthur Graham, Eric Cantona, Rio Ferdinand and Alan Smith), so United signing Raphinha is not impossible as long as the price is right.
Liverpool Could View Raphinha As Salah Replacement
In just over 12 months’ time, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are due to be free agents.
The Reds will probably be content to let the Brazilian and Mane leave, but they are hoping that Salah will put pen to paper for a new deal.
Liverpool (20/1 on Betfair) would be in a difficult predicament if Salah in particular made it clear that he will not be signing fresh terms. They could either retain his services for another year and then lose him for nothing next summer, or cash in ahead of next season.
Were they to choose the second option, Raphinha - a left-footer who plays on the right - would be among the contenders to replace the Egyptian.
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Of course, another potential outcome is that Raphinha will stay at Leeds for another year.
Relegation to the Championship would almost certainly have led to the Brazilian seeking pastures new, but he may be willing to stay at Elland Road now that their top-flight status has been confirmed.
Raphinha is settled at Leeds and he might be wary of changing clubs so close to the 2022 World Cup, particularly as he knows he will be a guaranteed starter under Marsch.
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