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Raphinha open to joining another Premier League club

Leeds United attacker Raphinha is open to joining another Premier League club where he has the chance of winning silverware, Goal reports.

The Brazil international joined the Whites from Rennes in the summer of 2020. He had a productive debut season with six goals and nine assists from 30 league games.

He has replicated the feat this term with eight goals and two assists from 21 league outings, but there is uncertainty over his long-term future at the Yorkshire outfit.

Leeds were spectacular on their top-flight return last term as they finished ninth with 59 points.

However, it has been a completely different story this term. It could be the case of second season syndrome as they lie just six points adrift of the drop zone.

It is now reported that Raphinha has not responded to discussions over a new contract, and he could be open to leaving the club during this summer’s transfer window.

The 25-year-old has the preference to join another Premier League club but also has the ambition of winning trophies in the prime phase of his playing career.

Leeds were reluctant to entertain any bids for the Brazilian last summer but may change their stance this time around if Raphinha continues to decline contract talks.

His current deal expires in the summer of 2024. Leeds paid £17 million for his services. This summer may present the best opportunity to demand a sizeable fee.

It remains to be seen which club comes forward with a formal approach. Liverpool were deemed as potential admirers during the last summer transfer window.

However, they may not revisit their interest after the huge outlay to sign Luis Diaz from Porto in January. The Reds hijacked Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of the winger.

Raphinha won’t be short of offers this summer. He could invite interest from top European clubs, having also excelled for his country since his debut in October last year.

The forward announced himself with two assists in Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Venezuela. He has added three goals from his next six caps for the Selecao.

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