Leeds United star Raphinha’s days at Elland Road appear to be numbered, with Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham looking to sign him this summer.
The Brazilian played an important role in the Whites’ survival in the Premier League last season, scoring on the final day to help the Yorkshire side avoid a drop.
It’s no surprise that the 25-year-old has attracted a lot of interest across Europe after netting 17 goals and 12 assists in his last two campaigns.
According to The Athletic, it was Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal who made the first formal offer for him, although Leeds turned down their offer which falls below their £60million asking price.
It’s safe to say that Leeds fans will be sad to see the back of a player who has done so much to maintain the club’s Premier League status.
But, as the famous Leeds saying goes, Jesse Marsch’s side will walk together, with or without him.
The Yorkshire side have already made strides in the summer transfer market as they look to improve on their 17th place finish last time out.
So what will their new starting XI look like when the Premier League season returns if Raphinha moves on?
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Starting from the back, it’s no surprise that Illan Meslier is between the sticks for the Yorkshire club.
The 22-year-old goalkeeper has impressed at Elland Road since signing in 2020, and although he is attracting interest, Leeds appear set to keep him after signing a new contract last summer.
The backline will consist of new right-back Rasmus Kristensen, Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper and Junior Firpo.
Kristensen, who has signed from RB Salzburg, should give Leeds the attacking outlet they have been looking for from the back.
Kalvin Phillips has two years left on his contract, and if he stays – as he said he wanted to do last season – then he will of course start in central midfield.
But with Man City now on the scene and the 26-year-old unlikely to turn down any trophies, Leeds will be looking to find someone to take their place.
And it looks like their transfer activity has already signaled this – with the club announcing a deal for Bayern Munich defensive midfielder Roca.
If Phillips leaves, alongside Roca will be Mateusz Klich, while new signing Brenden Aaronson who, like Kristensen, joins from Salzburg could play in attacking midfield.
As for Raphinha’s replacement, Leeds currently have Daniel James in their squad but the Brazilian’s replacement is still needed.
They have been linked with Wolves winger Adama Traore and are likely to start XI on the Welshman if he completes a move, following his return from loan at Barcelona.
Meanwhile up front, Patrick Bamford will of course return to his role after recovering from injury, with youngster Joe Gelhardt battling him after an impressive end to last season.
What Leeds could look like in 2022/23:
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