Raphinha's friendly Thomas Tuchel talks emerge amid transfer interest in Leeds star

Daily Mirror 10 days ago

Several top European clubs - including Chelsea, Arsenal, Barcelona and Tottenham - are reportedly interested in signing Leeds winger Raphinha this summer transfer window

Raphinha is currently linked with several Premier League clubs
Raphinha is linked with several Premier League clubs

An old video of Thomas Tuchel chatting to Raphinha after a game has emerged on social media amid rumours of Chelsea's interest.

It's believed the Blues are considering a move for the Leeds winger, 25. Raphinha is expected to leave Elland Road this summer with a number of clubs monitoring his situation. Arsenal have already had an offer rejected by Leeds, who are holding out for £60million.

Rumours suggest new Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has personally called Leeds to discuss a transfer. The Gunners are leading the race for his signature with Spanish giants Barcelona and Tottenham also said to be interested in signing Raphinha.

In the video clip, Tuchel shakes Raphinha's hand and has a very brief conversation with him after a Premier League game. It's unclear what the two were discussing and there is no suggestion Tuchel was trying to lure the nine-cap Brazil international to Stamford Bridge.

Yet the chat shows the German's respect for Raphinha, as managers do not always take the time for a one-on-one chat with opposing players after a match. It's easy to see why Tuchel - or any Premier League manager, for that matter - would be a fan of Leeds' brilliant Brazilian.

Raphinha has scored 17 goals for the West Yorkshire club since arriving from Rennes for £17million in October 2020. He was particularly influential last season as Leeds survived the drop, scoring 11 goals and providing three assists in 35 Premier League outings.

Thomas Tuchel was spotted chatting to Raphinha after a game at Stamford Bridge
Thomas Tuchel was spotted chatting to Raphinha after a game at Stamford Bridge
It's unclear what Tuchel was saying to Raphinha, who is a target for Chelsea
It's unclear what Tuchel was saying to Raphinha, who is a target for Chelsea

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Many critics believe Raphinha could go on to become one of the best players in England if he joins a club competing at the top end of the Premier League. "A player I absolutely love," Michael Owen said of Raphinha in January. "He’s got that about him. He has got that skill. He has got that vision... he is a player that can play in any team, for me."

Speaking in November, Leeds winger Daniel James said of his teammate: "He’s a magician. "He’s always been a great player – I played against him at United and he was always great – but he’s improved so much.

"He fully deserved his Brazilian call-up and I think since he got it, he’s pushed on even more, he’s even more confident. He can do absolutely anything on the pitch. It’s great playing with him."

Raphinha had a starring role in Leeds' final fixture of last season against Brentford. Jesse Marsch's side needed a positive result against the Bees to have any chance of staying in the Premier League and the winger delivered, scoring in the 2-1 away victory.

"Raphinha has finally come to the party for them when they needed him the most, 11 goals and three assists," Arsenal legend Ian Wright said after the game. "A player with his capability, he should’ve got more. But in this game, he looked up for it.

"Every opportunity he got to shoot, he took it. For the penalty, great skill, he got up and takes a very good penalty under immense pressure."