Raphinha will not be a Leeds United player at the start of the 2022-23 campaign.
That is the view of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 24-year-old’s rising stock after his international debut.
Raphinha contributed two assists, four key passes and two take-ons in his first two substitute appearances for Brazil. (Brazil Edition)
Speaking to UOL (October 11th), Brazil and Chelsea defender Thiago Silva lauded the impact of the Leeds winger.
Campbell believes Raphinha will be attracting the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs after excelling on international duty.
“His stock is rising all of the time,” he told Football Insider.
“Let’s not forget, there was already some interest in him last summer.
“Whether you like it or not, Leeds are not where they were 20 years ago. They are not what they once were.
“If one of the big boys comes in for him, Leeds will sell. They will sell.
“I think it is just a matter of time. I cannot see him being a Leeds player at the beginning of next season. If he continues to perform like this he will be gone.”
Raphinha has contributed nine goals and nine assists since arriving to Leeds in October 2020 – no Brazil international has set up more goals in that time.
An inside source has told Football Insider today (October 13th) that the winger remains on the radar of Liverpool after we first revealed their interest last year.
He has three years remaining on his contract at Elland Road.
In other news, a pundit has claimed Leeds United will be ‘massively relieved’ after an injury expert’s update on Kalvin Phillips.