Raphinha asks for permission to miss Leeds' pre-season tour

Raphinha asks for permission to miss Leeds’ pre-season tour to Australia as Brazilian winger looks to secure move to Barcelona or Chelsea

  • Raphinha has requested permission to miss Leeds’s pre-season tour of Australia 
  • The Brazilian wants to finalise a move to either Barcelona or Chelsea urgently
  • Marsch praised Raphinha’s attitude in training despite his uncertain future 

Leeds winger Raphinha has asked to stay behind from their tour to Australia in the hope of finalising a move to Barcelona or Chelsea. 

The 25-year-old is eager to secure his departure from Elland Road and Leeds boss Jesse Marsch admits he is uncertain whether Raphinha will travel with the squad to Australia.

Marsch said: ‘My guess is, I don’t know. We just have to wait and see what happens in the next couple of days. 

Leeds winger Raphinha has asked for permission to miss the club’s pre-season tour of Australia

‘There’s urgency from his end, I think, to come up with a solution. We have to in the next couple of days see how things stand and see how we go.

‘It hasn’t been an easy time for him this summer.’

‘Things have come and gone and there have been a lot of little discussions. Right now he’s our player.’

Despite the uncertainty over his future, Marsch praised Rpahinha’s attitude in training. 

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch praised Raphinha’s attitude despite the uncertainty over his future

Marsch said: ‘He showed up today and trained with everybody, he had such a good attitude.

‘We had a very open and honest conversation about while he’s here he’s part of us, and then we’ll see what happens.

‘It’s still a long way to go in the transfer window.

‘I know he has hopes and dreams. I know he loves this team and this club and he loves being here.

‘We’ll see how things progress day by day.’

Leeds are set to face Brisbane Roar, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in Australia.

Winger Ousmane Dembele is on the verge of signing a new contract with Barcelona

Barcelona are interested in Raphinha but are struggling financially and as such have found it difficult to come up with an acceptable offer. 

Chelsea had a bid of £60m accepted for Raphinha but he is holding out for a move to Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele is close to signing a new contract with Barcelona.

Dembele has been a free agent since his previous deal expired at the end of last month, but there are just a few small details that need to be sorted out before his future can be finalised.

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