12pm Leeds United transfer news LIVE: Raphinha flying to UK for £21m deal, Cantwell ‘back on’, Demarai Gray BID – The Sun

LEEDS UNITED are interested in sealing a number of transfer ahead of this evening's transfer deadline with Todd Cantwell and Dan James among those linked.

But one man who is set to sign for the Whites is Raphinha, who is flying to the UK tomorrow to seal a £21m move.

Stay up to date with all the latest from Elland Road below…

  • Kiro Evans

    RAPH-IN-HA

    Raphinha will cost Leeds United an initial payment of £15.2m plus £5.4m in add–ons, reports KEN LAWRENCE.

    The Brazilian winger will sign a five year deal providing he passes his medical.

    That looks like a bargain for Elland Road director of football Victor Orta, given that the money for the 23 year old had been agreed before he starred again for Rennes on Sunday night.

    Raphinha scored one and made one in a 2–2 draw with Riems before being flown across the Channel to Leeds immediately after the game.

    He only joined the Ligue 1 club from Sporting Lisbon a season ago for £15m then helped Rennes into the Champions League.

  • Kiro Evans

    FULHAM FAVOURITES FOR SALIBA

    Fulham have positioned themselves into pole position for Arsenal's William Saliba, according to reports.

    In a blow to Leeds and Rennes, Scott Parker's side now appear favourites to get him on a season-long loan, says The Telegraph.

  • Kiro Evans

    JAMES MOVE WAS 'NEVER ON'

    Daniel James was never moving to Leeds, according to reports.

    The Manchester Evening News says the winger wants to continue to fight for his spot.

  • Kiro Evans

    STATE OF PLAY

    While Leeds fans desperately refresh their online feeds as they await news of Raphinha's imminent signing, it's important to remember that other deals are also being mooted.

    There were many whispers yesterday of Leeds considering a run at Man United's Daniel James, but the Raphinha's deal may put an end to that.

    They have also been linked with a loan move for Arsenal's William Saliba, but face competition from Fulham and French side Rennes.

  • Kiro Evans

    'GETTING CLOSER'

    The Raphinha deal is almost there, according to reports.

    Sky Sports reporter Tim Thornton told SSN: “The Raphinha deal is not yet done but it's getting closer.

    “He's 23, Brazilian and he scored and assisted playing for Rennes yesterday.

    “His numbers were very good last season in helping his side qualify for the Champions League and his coach said yesterday that the deal had come as a surprise to him.”

  • Kiro Evans

    NO MORE GRAY

    Leeds were interested in Leicester's Demarai Gray before the Raphinha deal sped up, according to the Athletic.

    The winger looks set to stay with the Foxes for the foreseeable future but he has reportedly grown impatient with his lack of game time.

  • Kiro Evans

    RA-Y OF HOPE

    BREAKING: Leeds have agreed a deal for Rennes winger Raphinha, reports say.

    The Yorkshire club have been chasing the wide man for several days and have struck a deal for an unknown fee, according to Sky Sports News.

    The 23-year-old still has to undergo a medical but the deal does appear to be getting closer as the club race to get it over the line before 11pm.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    EXCLUSIVE

    Furious Gareth Southgate will tell his England players to stop embarrassing themselves.

    Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho were pictured breaking Covid rules by going to a party – despite six people being the limit of socialising.

    Southgate will hammer home the point to the players at a team meeting at St George’s Park ahead of Thursday’s match with Wales.

    Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden broke lockdown rules in Iceland by inviting two women to their hotel.

    Southgate was already planning to address his squad that includes several uncapped and inexperienced players.

    The England boss will not “read the riot act” to his players but will warn them firmly they have to behave.

  • Dave Fraser

    GOOD MORNING LEEDS FANS

    After Leeds' spirited 1-1 draw with Manchester City over the weekend, striker Patrick Bamford has said the club are ready to go toe-to-toe with anyone.

    Despite going in at the break 1-0 down, the Whites fought back to claim a draw at Elland Road and gave Pep Guardiola's side a scare.

    He said: “We go into every game wanting to win and it doesn’t matter who the opposition is and the manager has said that.

    “We won’t change our style depending on the opposition and we have a way of playing. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but we stick to it and believe in it.

    “That’s what’s got us here and I believe our start is down to the way we play. Hopefully we can keep it up. It’s very physically and mentally demanding, but you reap the rewards.”

    Meanwhile, Leeds remain busy in the transfer market going into deadline day with a number of reported targets.

    Leeds United are in the running for Werder Bremen playmaker Milot Rashica, according to reports.

    According to Kosovar journalist Arlind Sadiku of Supersport and Digitalb, the midfielder is available for his £20.5million, as per a contract release clause.

    And Leeds are also said to be interested in signing Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to reports.

    MovistarFutbol claim that the French star is available due to Valencia's dire financial state.

    Kondogbia, 27, could cost as little as £14million – but the Whites reportedly face competition from Fulham, Hertha Berlin and Southampton for Kondogbia's services.

  • Jon Boon

    UNBELIEVABLE GEOFF

    Leeds United are said to be interested in signing Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia before the transfer deadline, according to reports.

    MovistarFutbol claim that the French star is available due to Valencia's dire financial state.

    Kondogbia, 27, could cost as little as £14million – a bargain considering his experience playing at the highest level for club including Inter Milan and Sevilla.

    The Whites reportedly face competition from Fulham, Hertha Berlin and Southampton for Kondogbia's services.

  • Jon Boon

    JOS WHAT I NEED

    Josko Gvardiol rejected Leeds because he wanted to focus on his own development, the centre back has revealed.

    The Dinamo Zagreb star has joined RB Leipzig, but will stay with his boyhood club for a season, which wouldn't have happened if the Whites had signed him.

    However, it's still his dream to play in the Premier League.

    “I had an agreement with agent Marjan Šišić to let me know the details when something is concrete and official, and Leeds was,” he toldVečernji List.

    “I am aware of the size of that club, the English league and the offer that has arrived, but from the beginning I had some thoughts of my own – my development comes first.

    “It is still my dream to play in England, but I want to get there completely prepared. Now I don’t think this was the time for that step yet and that weighed in the decision.”

  • Jon Boon

    RASH DECISION

    Leeds United are in the running for Werder Bremen playmaker Milot Rashica, according to reports.

    According to Kosovar journalist Arlind Sadiku of Supersport and Digitalb, the midfielder is available for his £20.5million, as per a contract release clause.

    Rashica was once set for a move to Aston Villa, but the deal fell through after his wages became a stumbling block.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    NUISANCE FOR CUISANCE

    According to GFFN Newcastle United could snatch Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Cuisance from under Leeds' noses

    The Frenchman reportedly had issues with his foot which caused problems in his medical at Elland Road and the deal fell through.

    However, this does not clear up Cuisances' future because reports out from Sky Germany suggest that he needs to leave Bayern Munich before the deadline.

    It has now been claimed that other clubs are interested with Newcastle being the front runners.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    ADDING TO THE CAMP

    Bielsa should be satisfied with how his side matched against Manchester City in yesterdays 1-1 draw at Elland Road but he still wants to bolster his squad.

    Leeds have shown interest in Levante's Jose Campana but currently aren't willing to match the fee of around £22m with their initial offer of around £13m rejected.

    AS have reported that the transfer could 'reactivate' in the final stages of the window if Leeds decide to approach them again.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    WHAM BAM

    Patrick Bamford says Leeds will continue to go toe-to-toe with the Premier League big guns as they gave Manchester City a huge scare.

    He said: “We go into every game wanting to win and it doesn’t matter who the opposition is and the manager has said that.

    “We won’t change our style depending on the opposition and we have a way of playing. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but we stick to it and believe in it.

    “That’s what’s got us here and I believe our start is down to the way we play. Hopefully we can keep it up. It’s very physically and mentally demanding, but you reap the rewards.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    ORTA MAKE AN ENQUIRY

    Victor Orta has emerged as a target for Roma according to reports.

    The director of football has become a key figure after joining in 2017, following a spell at Middlesbrough.

    And Roma are targeting the Leeds director to take charge of their transfer policy, according to Sky Sports.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    THAT'S A RAPH

    Raphinha is due to fly up to Leeds to complete his move to Elland Road.

    The 23-year-old will join from Rennes after moving from Sporting Lisbon a little over a year ago.

    Marcelo Bielsa has been keen to sign a right winger as back-up for Helder Costa.

    The move appears to end their pursuit of Manchester United winger Daniel James, who will not move to Leeds unless they sign Jadon Sancho.

    Bielsa has also been playing Tyler Roberts in attacking midfield as opposed to the Welshman's favoured No9 berth.

    Brazilian Raphinha has had two assists for Rennes in five games this season, adding to his five goals and three Ligue 1 assists last season.

  • Alan Scott

    MORNING, LEEDS FANS

    Marcelo Bielsa praised Leeds' “confidence” and fighting spirit after a thrilling 1-1 comeback draw at home to Manchester City.

    Sub Rodrigo punished Ederson's weak punch with a deserved leveller on the hour after Raheem Sterling's fine 17th-minute strike rewarded City's early domination.

    Elland Road boss Bielsa told BBC's MOTD: “The start and the end were with City and the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half were a bit better for us.

    “For them to be superior to us is pretty easy for them… whereas for us it requires us to go to the limit to be on their level.

    “We did it with a lot of effort, a lot of aggression to win the ball back and the confidence in our game grew.

    “It wouldn't have been fair if we had won the match, it would've been possible, but not fair.”

    Meanwhile, Leeds and Fulham have been linked with a loan move for Arsenal's France Under-20 defender William Saliba.

    And Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly willing to consider offers for Wales winger Daniel James, who has been touted as Leeds' prime transfer target.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CAVANI ON BRINK

    Manchester United are on the brink of landing Leeds' summer target Edinson Cavani on a free transfer.

    And club insiders are convinced the Uruguay striker can have a similar impact on the club as cult hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    Cavani, 33, was released by Paris Saint-Germain in June and is due in Manchester on Sunday ahead of agreeing a two-year contract worth about £200,000-a-week.

    As long as he passes the medical there should be no problems finalising a deal because both parties are determined to make it happen.

    Some fans are already voicing fears that the move will see the club plunge into a financial fiasco like the one that cost £66million in wages for flop Alexis Sanchez.

    But sources insist the top brass view it more like the move that saw Ibrahimovic become a terrace idol.

    Cavani’s wages will be half the salary Sanchez was on — and he is said to be desperate to prove himself in England.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JAMES BOOST

    Ole Gunner Solskjaer is reportedly willing to listen to offers for Daniel James in a bid to raise up funds for Manchester United's desperate Jadon Sancho pursuit. 

    However, the Old Trafford board are reluctant to sign off on a possible £25million sale of the Welsh star, according to ESPN. 

    And the outlet claims club chiefs believe United’s reputation for developing players could be damaged if they let their young signing depart so quickly.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ELL OF A GAME

    Gary Neville, not for the first time, has found a way to sum up the collective footballing mood of the country – after Leeds fought back to hold Manchester City. at Elland Road.

    Leeds in the Premier League is so much fun.

    What a game of football! ❤️
    — Gary Neville (@GNev2) October 3, 2020

  • Kiro Evans

    SALIBA LOAN?

    Both Fulham and Leeds are weighing up a move for William Saliba on loan, reports say.

    Journalist Fabrizio Romano told AFTV that the 19-year-old could be sent to either Craven Cottage or Elland Road to help further his development this season.

    The defender has also been linked with a loan move to France.

  • Kiro Evans

    TWO DAYS LEFT

    Leeds are still in the market for new players despite their impressive start to life in the Premier League.

    Marcelo Bielsa's boys went toe-to-toe with Man City this evening and gave Liverpool an almighty scare on the opening day of the season.

    But the club are still keen to add more and there multiple transfer rumours flying about.

    Most immediately are the reports that came from France this afternoon, claiming the Yorkshire club are interested in Brazilian playmaker Raphinha, 23 from Rennes.

    They have also been linked to other attacking names such as Arsenal's young forward Sam Greenwood (no relation to Man United's Mason) and Daniel James.

    Look out also for Leeds' pursuit of Norwich's Todd Cantwell, with the rumours growing in intensity.

  • Kiro Evans

    KALVIN CALLS IT

    Kalvin Phillips has been reacting to Leeds' engaging 1-1 draw with Man City.

  • Kiro Evans

    NEVILLE KNOWS

    Gary Neville, not for the first time, has found a way to sum up the collective footballing mood of the country.

    Leeds in the Premier League is so much fun.

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