Leeds United star Raphinha’s days at Elland Road look to be numbered, with Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham looking to sign him this summer.
The Brazilian played a huge part in the Whites‘ Premier League survival last season, scoring on the last day to help the Yorkshire side avoid the drop.
It’s not surprising the 25-year-old has attracted plenty of interest from across Europe after 17 goals and 12 assists in his last two campaigns.
It’s stating the obvious to say Leeds fans will be sad to see the back of a player who contributed so much to maintaining the club’s Premier League status.
But, as the famous Leeds saying goes, Jesse Marsch’s side will be marching on together, with or without him.
The Yorkshire outfit have already made moves in the summer transfer market as they look to improve on their 17th place finish last time out.
So, what will their new starting XI look like when the Premier League season comes back if Raphinha moves on?
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Starting from the back, it’s no surprise that Illan Meslier will be between the sticks for the Yorkshire club.
The 22-year-old goalkeeper has impressed at Elland Road since he signed in 2020, and whilst he’s attracted interest, Leeds look set to keep him after he signed a new deal last summer.
Making up the backline will be new right-back Rasmus Kristensen, Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper, and Junior Firpo.
Kristensen, who signed from RB Salzburg, is expected to give Leeds the attacking outlet they’ve been searching for from full-back.
Kalvin Phillips has two years left on his contract, and if he stays – as he said he wanted to last season – then he’ll of course be starting in central midfield.
But with Man City now on the scene and it being unlikely the 26-year-old will turn the chance of winning trophies down, Leeds will be looking to find someone to take his place.
And it seems their transfer activity has already signalled that – with the club announcing a deal for Bayern Munich defensive midfielder Roca.
If Phillips does leave, alongside Roca will be Mateusz Klich, while new signing Brenden Aaronson who, like Kristensen, joins from Salzburg could play in attacking midfield.
When it comes to replacing Raphinha, Leeds currently have Daniel James in their ranks, but replacement for the Brazilian is still needed.
They have been linked to Wolves winger Adama Traore and it’s likely he’d be starting XI over the Welshman should he complete a move, following his return from a loan at Barcelona.
Meanwhile up front, Patrick Bamford will of course resume his position following his recovery from injury, with youngster Joe Gelhardt battling him after an impressive end to last season.
How Leeds could look in 2022/23:
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