Leeds United target Raphinha grabs superb goal ahead of Elland Road switch

Leeds United are expected to seal a move for Rennes star Raphinha in the coming hours.

The Brazilian landed in England last night following his side’s 2-2 draw with Reims, and is already undergoing a medical.


Securing a work permit for Raphinha isn’t expected to be a problem, and he could be ready to make his Leeds debut when they host Wolverhampton Wanderers after the international break.

The 23-year-old scored a well-worked goal yesterday and it appears he is more than ready to hit the ground running at Elland Road.

A deal worth £17 million plus add-ons has been agreed between Leeds and Rennes, and it could end up being a huge bargain.

Raphinha joined the Ligue 1 last summer, and he is leaving them with eight goals in 36 games.

They won’t forget the last one in a hurry, though, and he shouldn’t have any issue with replicating such brilliance at Leeds.

The Brazilian has needed experience having had spells in the Portuguese top-flight with Vitoria Guimaraes and Sporting Lisbon, and he could turn into a real star under the tutelage of Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa.