Here are your Leeds United headlines on Thursday, June 23
Rivaldo believes Leeds United winger Raphinha is set for bigger things
Brazilian legend Rivaldo would not be surprised if Leeds United winger Raphinha joins Arsenal this summer.
Raphinha has been subject to intense transfer interest from some of European football’s heavyweights, with Barcelona, Liverpool and Arsenal all said to be keen on the winger.
Barcelona’s financial woes mean they need to sell before they can register new players, while Liverpool have already made their big summer splash in Darwin Nunez leaving the Gunners out in front.
And Rivaldo, who won 74 caps for Brazil, as well as the 2002 World Cup, reckons a move to Arsenal would increase the 25-year-old’s chances of being heavily involved with the national team ahead of Qatar 2022.
“Arsenal are still chasing Raphinha’s signature, and could go over EUR50million (?43million) to achieve it,” Rivaldo told Betfair.
“Nowadays, Raphinha is seen as a big player in English football and is a regular in the Brazilian national team, so, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him move to a bigger Premier League club, which would mean that his presence at the World Cup will become even more likely, especially as he has been a regular in Tite’s squads lately.”
Charles De Ketelaere profiled as Leeds United linked with Club Brugge and Belgium star
Leeds United have been linked with Belgian wonderkid Charles De Ketelaere.
Transfer tsar Fabrizio Romano reported on Monday evening Leeds were interested in the Club Brugge star who has made eight appearances for Belgium’s senior team.
The 21-year-old was one of Brugge’s star players last season, bagging 18 goals in 49 appearances. He is a versatile attacker who can operate up front or behind a central striker.
De Ketelaere is not expected to come cheap but Leeds could find themselves flush with cash if they sell either Kalvin Phillips or Raphinha.
LeedsLive has everything you need to know about the Belgian attacker below.
Young Leeds United striker seals permanent exit as he joins Carlisle
Ryan Edmondson has joined Carlisle United on a free transfer from Leeds United.
The 21-year-old has signed a two-year-deal at Brunton Park, with Leeds retaining a sell-on clause in any future move.
Edmondson spent the majority of the last two seasons out on loan, playing for Aberdeen, Northampton Town, Fleetwood Town and Port Vale.
His spell at Port Vale was the most successful as helped the Valiants win promotion to League One via the play-offs.
Leeds United U21s learn Papa John’s Trophy group opponents
Leeds United youngsters have learnt their Papa John’s Trophy group opponents following the EFL fixture release.
Drawn in Group B, the Whites will face Bolton Wanderers, Crewe Alexandra and Tranmere Rovers in this season’s Papa John’s Trophy.
Leeds will be playing in the competition for the third consecutive year and will be looking to progress out of the group stages for the first time.