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Worrying transfer claim emerges around Raphinha amid early season Leeds United struggles

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Leeds United attacker Raphinha would be interested in a move to one of the Premier League’s top six clubs.

That’s according to former Leeds midfielder Carlton Palmer, who says that it is now surprise has been linked with those sides since moving to Elland Road.

Raphinha enjoyed an excellent debut campaign at Leeds last season following his move from French side Rennes on the final day of the 2020 summer transfer window.

The 24-year-old scored six goals and provided nine assists in 30 league games last season, something which perhaps not surprisingly attracted plenty of attention in him.

Both Liverpool and Manchester United were reported to be keen on the attacker, whose contract with Leeds runs until the summer of 2024.

Now it seems as though Palmer believes that interest in Raphinha is justified, and feels those claims will have interested the player himself.

Speaking about top-six Premier League interest in the Leeds winger, the ex-England international told Football Fan Cast: “If you’re playing at a big club like Leeds United and you’re playing well, of course you’re going to be linked somewhere else.

“As a player, if you get the opportunity to go play for a top-six club, you’re obviously going to be interested.”

This will surely be something of a concern for those of a Leeds United persuasion.

As Palmer says, Raphinha’s performances for Leeds are inevitably going to attract attention for clubs at the very top of the Premier League table.

That is something that Leeds currently look a long way from, sat 17th in the standings with just two points to their name from their four league games so far.

As a result, a move to one of those top six sides where he might have a chance to compete for trophies and in Europe could be tempting for Raphinha, potentially putting Leeds at risk of losing one of the key members of their squad.

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