Raphinha is not in Leeds’ squad for the tour


Raphinha scored as Leeds secured Premier League status on the final day of last season at Brentford

Raphinha has been left out of Leeds United’s squad for their pre-season tour of Australia.

The Brazilian winger has been the subject of an offer from Arsenal and interest from Barcelona and Chelsea.

Leeds fly to the Gold Coast on Sunday for games against Aston Villa and Brisbane Roar, before traveling to Perth to take on Crystal Palace.

The club are reportedly looking for more than £50m for Raphinha, whom they signed from Rennes for £17m two years ago.

Speaking after Leeds’ 4-0 friendly win over Blackpool on Thursday, manager Jesse Marsch said there was an urgent need for Raphinha to find a solution.

“He [Raphinha] has hopes and dreams and we’ll see how it all goes. I know he loves this team, this club and being here,” he said.

“We will see how things progress. We have to wait and see what happens in the next few days. It is urgent on his part to find a solution.”

Meanwhile, the club’s six new signings are included in the pre-season squad, along with 16-year-old Archie Gray, who is the grandson and son of former Scotland internationals Frank Gray and Andy Gray.

Defender Junior Firpo has a knock and is missing from the squad.

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Source: bbc.com


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