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Raphinha could be ‘tempted to stay put’ at Leeds if he fails to make a move to Barcelona this summer, talkSPORT say.

Arsenal, Barca and Tottenham are all following the Brazilian striker and eyeing a potential move in this transfer window.


Raphinha helped Leeds secure Premier League survival on the final day after scoring their first goal

The 25-year-old enjoyed a stellar campaign last season, scoring 11 goals in all competitions and scoring three, to help Leeds avoid relegation from the Premier League.

It’s no surprise, then, that Raphinha has attracted strong interest from other clubs after standing out in a struggling side.

talkSPORT understands Leeds won’t stand in his way if he wants to go – as long as their £65million valuation is met.

According to talkSPORT’s South American football correspondent Tim Vickery, Raphinha would like to move to Barca.

However, with doubts over whether the Spanish giants have the funds to complete a deal, Vickery suggested he could end up staying at Elland Road to ensure he remains firmly in the Cup plans. Brazil world.

Raphinha made his full international debut for his country in October last year, assisting two goals and winning a penalty.

Raphinha, valued at £65million, could be ‘tempted to stay put’ ahead of the World Cup, talkSPORT has told, amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham


Raphinha has nine caps for Brazil, scoring three times

Speaking on Wednesday’s White and Jordan show, Vickery said: “If you’re Brazilian and Barcelona come knocking, it’s so hard to say no.

“In Raphinha’s shoes, if it’s not Barcelona, ​​they might be tempted to stay put because of the World Cup.

“Normally you would go. But let’s not rock the boat.

And when it comes to the winger’s links with Arsenal, Vickery wondered if their interest would fade if they signed another Brazilian and another transfer target, Gabriel Jesus.

“Do Arsenal want both Raphinha and Gabriel Jesus? Does that mean Gabriel Jesus is a No.9 for them, a centre-forward for them? Because otherwise Gabriel Jesus really likes the wide right – which is Raphinha’s happiest position,” he added.

Raphinha, valued at £65million, could be ‘tempted to stay put’ ahead of the World Cup, talkSPORT has told, amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham


Vickery doesn’t see Raphinha going to Arsenal if Jesus gets there first

Also speaking about Raphinha on White and Jordan on Wednesday, talkSPORT transfer insider Alex Crook revealed: “I know Tottenham are hiding in the background as well.

“They are perhaps in a stronger position than Arsenal because of course they can offer Champions League football.

“It has become clear to me that Leeds will not oppose him if he gets a suitable offer.”

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