Leeds United have snuck one of the final transfers through the window before it slams shut, with the arrival of Rennes winger Raphinha for a reported fee of $19 million (plus add-ons).
The 23-year-old Brazilian arrives at Elland Road after just one season in Ligue 1, where he amassed five goals and three assists for last season’s third-place finishers and UEFA Champions League qualifiers. He has signed a four-year contract set to run through the summer of 2024.
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Raphinha was born in Brazil and moved to Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes at the age of 19. From there, he joined Sporting CP two years later before making the move to Rennes just last summer.
As far as transfers go, this represents a fairly substantial gamble for Leeds United, though the newly promoted club has done well to thoroughly scout and identify players who best suit their needs in recent seasons. Much of their first-team squad would have been overlooked by bigger clubs before realizing their potential at Leeds.