Leeds United seem to have found a replacement for exit-bound winger Raphinha, who has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, as per the Guardian. The Elland Road side are looking towards the Eredivisie to fill the Brazilian star’s eventual vacancy.
They have singled out PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo as Raphinha’s replacement.
Raphinha has been linked with various clubs, including Barcelona, Chelsea, and Arsenal. While the Catalans have been largely inactive in their pursuit of the 25-year-old recently, the Gunners have tried to make headway, aware that the Blues are also monitoring the player.
90min reported that Mikel Arteta’s side also launched an official bid for Raphinha but it was rejected by the Elland Road outfit almost immediately. FootMercato reports that while the soap opera around the Brazilian winger continues, Leeds have already started planning for life after him.
Jesse Marsch is willing to sign Gakpo if Raphinha departs. The Dutch winger is not a new name to Arsenal and Chelsea, with SportsMole suggesting earlier this month that PSV offered them the winger.
Footmercato believes that the Gunners may come back chasing the 23-year-old’s signature if they fail to sign the Leeds winger.
Gakpo was in sensational form in the 2021-22 campaign. Despite missing a few games due to injury, the forward bagged 21 goals and 15 assists in 46 appearances across competitions.
His individual efforts and captaincy helped PSV push for a title charge but in the end, they lost the Dutch league to Ajax by just two points.