Report: Leeds have already identified replacement for Spurs-linked Raphinha

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According to O Jogo, Leeds United have identified Sporting Lisbon winger Gonzalo Plata as a potential replacement for Raphinha, who is the subject of interest from Tottenham.

Raphinha has been a revelation since moving to Elland Road two years ago, with the Brazilian finishing the 2021/22 campaign with 11 goals to his name (Transfermarkt).

The Athletic reported on Tuesday that the Leeds star is on the radars of both Spurs and Arsenal this summer.

The report explained that Barcelona were eyeing a move for Raphinha but there are growing concerns over whether or not the La Liga side can fund a deal due to their financial issues.

This is said to have opened the door to the two North London clubs, with Spurs allegedly identifying the winger as an alternative to his international teammate Richarlison.

If O Jogo’s latest update is to be believed, Leeds are now planning for Raphinha’s departure this summer and have identified Plata as a replacement.

However, the report reveals that the Sporting Lisbon star has suffered an injury during the international break, and that could complicate any potential transfer.

Spurs Web Opinion 

Raphinha is a better player than Richarlison and is likely to cost less than the Everton star. However, Richarlison is more in line with the profile of forwarding that Conte is likely to be on the lookout for, given his ability to play through the middle. 

Having said that, if we do sign Raphinha, Conte has the option of using Kulusevski as Kane’s backup, which will allow Raphinha to slot in on the right.

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  1. Kulu should not make way for any incomings. His numbers for last season are as good as any of the names mentioned and he only joined in January. Richarlison is one of the most overrated players in years and I hope he joins arse. I have the same opinion of Jesus. He’s hit double figures twice, in that team. I’ve heard the argument that he’s played out of position (out wide) but that’s no excuse. Sterling has started from that position countless times and is always in double figures. Just because they’re Brazilian doesn’t mean they’re worth £40m+.


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