Leeds United are set to come into a huge sum of money after Raphinha’s sale to Chelsea for a reported £60million fee.
It was reported earlier in the week that Leeds were nearing an agreed sale to take Raphinha to the Champions League with Chelsea.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are again spending big in the summer transfer market in an attempt to again rebuild the attack with new signings, and reportedly agreed a £60million fee – according to Fabrizio Romano.
A club record sale for Leeds, it leaves them with a huge gap to fill, but the money to do so with an ambitious signing or two.
Here, we look at three signings that the club simply have to consider to replace the Brazilian…
Starting off with Cody Gakpo, Leeds have been linked with the PSV winger strongly in the past week as the club looks to source a Raphinha replacement.
This sort of transfer would be cut from the same cloth as Raphinha’s signing a player with a very high ceiling, knowing he could easily go onto elite standards in football.
That said, the reported £34.5million price tag shouldn’t scare Leeds off if ambition is there, given his 19 goals and 14 assists from a variety of roles across the attack.
A fully-fledged Holland international, Gakpo would present a significant jump up in Leeds’ standard of signing, being able to bring in a young, exciting attacker that is already linked with some of Europe’s best.
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Charles De Ketelaere
Up next is another strongly linked at the moment in Club Brugge star Charles De Ketelaere.
Like Gakpo, De Ketelaere would be some coup for the club to pull off with his performances both at club and country level.
A Belgian international, it’s clear he is destined for the top end of the footballing ladder, and we could help progress him to that level.
18 goals and 10 assists from predominantly playing up front shows a different side to what we need than Raphinha.
Adding goals to this side is vital after losing the Brazilian’s double-figure tally, and De Ketelaere would do that, while keeping a lot of the creativity we also need to supply the likes of Patrick Bamford.
Hamed Junior Traore
Up next is a lesser known name, but still one that is catching the eye in Sassuolo’s 22-year-old winger Hamed Junior Traore.
Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) linked Leeds with a move for the Ivorian international, and there’s good reason for Jesse Marsch to consider this move.
Seven goals and two assists in the Serie A last season demonstrate a player with a good end product, but he’s got more to his game too.
A keen presser, Traore would fit the same sort of role that we saw from Raphinha, able to press effectively when Leeds don’t have the ball.
It is claimed that it would take upwards of €20million to sign the winger this summer.