Leeds boss Jesse Marsch admits Raphinha WON'T commit to pre-season tour as Chelsea lead race for Arsenal transfer target | The SunJuly 8, 2022
LEEDS boss Jesse Marsch has admitted star man Raphinha may not join the team on pre-season tour with Chelsea leading the race for his signature.
The Brazilian is showing "urgency" in trying to secure a move away from Elland Road.
Barcelona, Chelsea and Arsenal are just a few of the teams interested in Raphinha.
A move to Barca is Raphinha's favoured destination.
However, according to the Evening Standard, they run the risk of being leapfrogged by Chelsea, who already have a £55million bid accepted by Leeds.
Barca are yet to put a suitable offer on the table for the 25-year-old.
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With the player's future up in the air, Leeds boss Marsch says the club are still to decide whether Raphinha will travel on their pre-season tour of Australia.
Marsch said: “My guess is, I don't know. We just have to wait and see what happens in the next couple of days.
“There's urgency from his end, I think, to come up with a solution. We have to in the next couple of days see how things stand and see how we go.
“It hasn't been an easy time for him this summer.
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"Things have come and gone and there have been a lot of little discussions. Right now he's our player.
“He showed up today and trained with everybody, he had such a good attitude.
"We had a very open and honest conversation about while he's here he's part of us, and then we'll see what happens.
"It's still a long way to go in the transfer window.
“I know he has hopes and dreams. I know he loves this team and this club and he loves being here.
"We'll see how things progress day by day.”
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