The European elite surrounds Raphinha. So where would he fit if he went? – Athleticism

It’s no surprise to see Raphinha linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Leeds never entertained the idea of ​​losing the Brazilian in January, but The Athletic understands the club expect to receive strong interest in their most valuable assets, including Illan Meslier, Raphinha or Kalvin Phillips this summer. Losing any of these trios would be a crushing prospect for fans in the short term, but one that could ultimately present a net positive with the possibility of reinvesting significant transfer fees into the playing squad.

Crucially, Leeds would ensure that any potential sale is on their own terms. Raphinha’s contract currently runs until the summer of 2024, and the club are in negotiations with him over an improved deal, which they hope to reach an agreement on.

Raphinha’s recent standout performance against West Ham was a perfect example of his qualities, but it’s worth delving a bit into the contribution the Brazilian made to attracting such attention from Europe’s top flight. And if a sale were to materialize this summer, which clubs would be the most suitable for his player profile?

Raphinha has been an instant hit at Elland Road since moving £17m from Rennes, and was widely regarded as one of the best signings of the 2020-21 season – along with his young daughter

Mary I. Bruner