The 23-year-old signed for Rennes from Sporting Lisbon last year and has impressed in his first season at the club.
Raphinha Joins Leeds United
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 5, 2020
Impressive Season With Rennes
Raphinha impressed during his first season at the club. Last season he scored five goals and got three assists in 22 league appearances, and could have got even more if the French season hadn’t been cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He has also had an impressive start this season, getting two assists and scoring his first goal for the season as late as yesterday in Rennes’ draw against Stade Reims.
Leeds Continue to Bolster Squad
The signing of the winger is Leeds’ eighth major signing in this transfer window. After promotion to the Premier League last season, the club has spent money to make sure they survive this season. These summer signings include Rodrigo from Valencia, Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad, Robin Koch from Freiburg, Illan Meslier from Lorient and Joe Gelhardt from Wigan Athletic.
They have also made the permanent signing of Helder Costa from Wolverhampton Wanderers after a successful loan deal last season, and have re-signed Jack Harrison from Manchester City on a second successive loan spell after also being at the club last season.
Dan James Loan Move Unlikely
This signing now makes any sort of move for Daniel James now unlikely. Marco Bielsa is said to really like the player and loan and permanent bids have been made this summer to bring James to Leeds. However, Manchester United are keen to keep the player and haven’t been interested in any bids coming from Leeds.
Offers of loans and permanent transfers to Man Utd from @LUFC for Dan James. Marcelo Bielsa really likes him and really wanted him but United not interested.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) October 5, 2020
Leeds have been interested in the player for a few years and almost signed the Welsh star in January 2019, when he was still a Swansea City player. However, the move failed as the clubs couldn’t agree terms and six months later the player signed for Manchester United.