LEEDS UNITED have announced the signing of Raphinha for £21million.

The Whites have left it late in the day, as Marcelo Bielsa refused to pursue a deal for Rodrigo De Paul.

Stay up to date with all the latest from Elland Road below…

  • John Hutchinson

    PHIL OF BEANS

    Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is continuing his meteoric rise as he travels out for international duty with England.

    Phillips has made a seamless transition to Premier League football, and celebrated with a Three Lions call-up.

    He will be hoping to impress Gareth Southgate in the friendly against Wales on Thursday.

  • John Hutchinson

    ONE RODRIGO ENOUGH

    Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa reportedly never wanted to push the boat out for Udinese star Rodrigo de Paul.

    The Argentine midfielder was linked with a move to Elland Road for the last few weeks, but that never materialised.

    Now The Athletic is reporting that boss Bielsa didn't pressure the board to meet Udinese's £36.8m valuation of De Paul.

    A move for Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Cuisance also fell through – but Bielsa will continue to get the best out of what he has got.

  • John Hutchinson

    RAPHINA SPEAKS

    Leeds United's new signing Raphina is ready to take his 'opportunity' after joining the Whites for £21m from Rennes.

    Speaking to the club's website, the flying winger said: “I feel really satisfied and happy with the opportunity and trust the club has shown in me.

    “I believe I can show my game and show the club my work and why they believed in me.

    “I’m really happy to be here and I hope to, even in a small part, write my name in the club’s history.

    “Together with my happiness, the happiness of the fans with my signing and the directors, I think we can all be happy together.”

  • Dave Fraser

    GOOD MORNING LEEDS FANS

    Leeds left it late to land Brazilian speedster Raphinha from Rennes for around £16million.

    The winger, 23, penned a four-year after bagging a goal and assist for the Ligue 1 club on Sunday.

    The fee could rise to £20.6m despite the delay to announce his signature there was no need for a work permit because the Latin American holds an Italian passport.

    The pacey forward only joined Rennes last summer after spells in Portugal for Vitoria Guimaraes and Sporting.  

    And he caught Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa’s eye cutting inside on to his left foot as Rennes qualified for the Champions League after finishing third last season.

    Before his move was even announced, one confident fan went out of their way to change Raphinha's Wikipedia page.

    It read: “Raphinha is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Leeds as a winger.

    “Raphinha is best known for being co-owner and chief cod catcher of Graveley's fish and chip shop on Elland Road.”

    They also changed his place of birth from 'Porto Alegre, Brazil' to 'Batley, Leeds.'

  • Joshua Mbu

    BUSY DAY

    Score > catch a flight > undergo medical > sign for Leeds!

  • Joe Miles

    CASE CLOSED

    The transfer window has officially CLOSED.

    Premier League clubs had until 11pm tonight to make new signings.

    But if they submitted a deal sheet between 9pm and 11pm tonight, they have until 1am.

  • Joe Miles

    WHITE NOISE

    Raphinha played for Rennes during yesterday's 2-2 draw with Reims.

    And now he's signed on the dotted line for Marcelo Bielsa's side.

  • Joe Miles

    'DELIGHTED'

    Leeds have released a statement after finally completing a deal for Raphinha.

    It reads: “Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Rennes winger Raphinha, subject to international clearance.

    The 23-year-old has joined the club for an undisclosed fee from the Ligue 1 side and has penned a four-year deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2024.”

  • Joe Miles

    DONE DEAL

    It's been a long wait, but Leeds have finally landed their man.

  • Joe Miles

    TICK TOCK

    There's just over half an hour to go now until the transfer window slams shut.

    But that's still plenty of time to get the last minute deals over the line.

  • Joe Miles

    SOMETHING FISHY

    Leeds United have teased their fans ahead of the big announcement.

    It's coming… at last!!!

  • Joe Miles

    LEEDING US ON

    Fans are getting frustrated as they eagerly await the announcement of Raphinha.

  • Joe Miles

    COR BLIMEY

    The Premier League have confirmed nine new coronavirus cases recorded in the last week.

    The English top flight had 1,587 players and members of staff tested between Monday September 28 and Sunday October 4, as has now become customary.

    And they have recorded nine new cases – one fewer than last week's tally of ten.

    Both figures are higher than those recorded in the first fortnight of the season, in which three and four personnel tested positive respectively.

  • Joe Miles

    FAN-TASTIC

    Never mind the rain, the Leeds fans are still out in force tonight.

  • Joe Miles

    'RAPHINHA IS IN THE BUILDING'

    A Leeds supporter thinks he has spotted Raphinha arriving at Elland Road to complete his move to Leeds.

    Twitter user @smisles98 sent fans into meltdown as he shared a clip to his Twitter page.

    An official announcement is expected soon.

  • Joe Miles

    WINGING IT

    Leeds are closing in on a deal for Brazil winger Raphinha, according to Mike McGrath.

    He writes: “He holds an Italian passport and doesn't require a work permit to complete deal from Rennes.”

    The Whites were originally said to have put forward a bid of £15.5million for the 23-year-old.

    But that was bumped up to the £21m mark with the addition of add-ons.

  • Joe Miles

    LEEDING HIM ON

    The Athletic's Phil Hay has confirmed: “We're still waiting for confirmation on Raphinha. lfc.”

    The 23-year-old winger is expected to complete a £21million move from Rennes today.

    Raphinha scored five goals and made three assists in 22 appearances in the French top-flight last season

  • Joe Miles

    GOTT TO GO

    Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has given midfielder Robbie Gotts the green light to leave on loan for Swindon.

    Gotts has been waiting on word to go after moves to Huddersfield and hull fell down because the Argentinian coach stalled on a decision.

    Now Bielsa has said yes and Gotts will be clear to tie up the deal, with Charlton also interested if Swindon can not agree terms.

  • Joe Miles

    OH YASS

    Leeds are set to make a late bid for Liverpool left-back Yasser Larouci, claim The Mirror.

    Jurgen Klopp is prepared to let him leave the club as he is deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield.

    Several clubs have been credited with interest in Larouci, but Liverpool would prefer to offload him to an English side.

    The 19-year-old, who made the move to Liverpool in 2017, has one year remaining on his contract.

  • Joe Miles

    TON OF INTEREST

    Charlton wanted to sign Mateusz Bogusz on loan – but he is set to join Spanish side UD Logrones.

    That is according to journalist Richard Cawley.

    The Polish star joined Leeds in January 2019 from Ruch Chorzow.

    Gillingham, Swindon, Portsmouth and now Charlton have been credited with interest in him.

    But he looks likely to join the Spanish side before tonight's deadline.

  • Joe Miles

    LEED THE CHARGE

    Leeds United are reportedly plotting a late move for Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman.

    According to GhanaSoccerNet, the club have been in contact with the 26-year-old's representatives.

    The defender has two years remaining on his contract with the Stamford Bridge side.

    But it is understood he will be allowed to leave as he does not feature in Frank Lampard's plans.

  • Kiro Evans

    STAT'S THE MAN

    Statistically speaking, Leeds fans have every right to get excited by Raphinha.

    We're still waiting for confirmation but the signs look good:

  • Kiro Evans

    Leeds 1-1 Man City

    While we await news of Raphinha's almost inevitable signing, a good time to reflect on Leeds' breathless draw with Manchester City.

    Raheem Sterling gave the away side the lead before Rodrigo nabbed the equaliser in a brilliant game in the Yorkshire rain.

    Leeds vs Man City LIVE RESULT: Rodrigo cancels out Sterling strike after Ederson howler in Premier League

  • Kiro Evans

    ALMOST THERE

    Sky Sports News' Deadline Day show has said again that the Raphinha deal is close.

    Surely just few more i's to be dotted and t's to be crossed before it's all confirmed…

  • Kiro Evans

    RAPH-IN-HA

    Raphinha will cost Leeds United an initial payment of £15.2m plus £5.4m in add–ons, reports KEN LAWRENCE.

    The Brazilian winger will sign a five year deal providing he passes his medical.

    That looks like a bargain for Elland Road director of football Victor Orta, given that the money for the 23 year old had been agreed before he starred again for Rennes on Sunday night.

    Raphinha scored one and made one in a 2–2 draw with Riems before being flown across the Channel to Leeds immediately after the game.

    He only joined the Ligue 1 club from Sporting Lisbon a season ago for £15m then helped Rennes into the Champions League.

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