Manchester United has entered the race for Leeds United’s winger, who is also wanted by Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, and other clubs.
Manchester United are keeping an eye on the Leeds star, who has been one of the club’s top performers since signing for the club in 2020, according to a journalist from Sports Italia, as shown in the tweet below.
With Leeds fighting for survival, a player of Raphinha’s calibre won’t want to play in the Championship, therefore if they finish in the bottom three, he’ll likely look for a new club.
Interestingly, Raphinha has two important clauses in his Leeds contract. The first one is a minimum fee release clause of €75m, which means any club can buy him for this price and Leeds are unable to reject the offer.
The second clause only comes into effect if Leeds are relegated, meaning any club can sign the Brazilian for a fee of €25m. This is according to Football Transfers, who also claim Barcelona and Chelsea are in the race for the star.
– #Barca still strong in #Raphinha race. #FCB
– #Chelsea obviously in stand by.
– Also Manchester United are following Leeds ace. #MUFC https://t.co/piu0lInbXu
— Gianluigi Longari (@Glongari) March 14, 2022
The signing of Raphinha makes sense for Manchester United, who have problems in wide areas. Marcus Rashford has been struggling for form and Jadon Sancho has only just started showing signs of his Dortmund days.
Outside of that, there’s only Anthony Elanga in the squad who is a natural winger, so if they can pick the 25-year-old up for a €25m fee, it would be a smart signing.