‘I think if Leeds…’ – Reporter makes Whites transfer request over possible summer exit

Tottenham are set to sign Leeds United star Raphinha after missing out on winger Luis Diaz in January, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Raphinha of Leeds United against Chelsea

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Raphinha of Leeds United against Chelsea

The Lowdown: Raphinha’s future at Leeds unclear

The Brazilian has been arguably the Whites’ best player this season, leading their Premier League goalscoring charts with nine goals, including one in Sunday’s 4-2 home loss to Manchester United.

However, constant speculation surrounds the winger’s future at Elland Road, with a host of elite clubs linked with a move for him at the end of the season. At least the 25-year-old’s current deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2024, so only a huge offer could tempt Leeds to sell, in all likelihood.

The Latest: Journalist backs Spurs move to Raphinha

Speaking to GiveMeSport, O’Rourke claimed Raphinha could be an ideal alternative to Diaz for Spurs after the Colombian joined Liverpool last month instead.

The journalist said: “Raphinha is similar to Diaz. He is a match winner who can create goals and score goals as well.

“I think if Leeds are unable to tie him down to a new contract or forced to sell him, Spurs should be there with all these other big clubs.”

The verdict: last months at Elland Road?

Raphinha’s body language hasn’t always been great in recent weeks, which has only heightened speculation surrounding a possible summer release.

It’s easy to see him moving on, with a Champions League club likely to replace him amid Leeds languishing down the Premier League.

Ideally, Raphinha will sign a new contract at Elland Road – and it can still happen – but Los Blancos need to prepare realistically for him looking for a new challenge this summer.

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