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Leeds Identify Liverpool Target As Raphinha's Replacement

Leeds Identify Liverpool Target As Raphinha's Replacement

Leeds now want to sign Liverpool target and PSV forward Cody Gakpo

Leeds United have identified Liverpool and Arsenal target Cody Gakpo as their replacement for Raphinha this transfer window, according to FootMercato.

The Dutchman plies his trade for PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie, scoring 21 goals and assisting 15 in all competitions this campaign.

At just 23 and standing at an unusual 6’2 for a winger, he could bring a unique skill set to the Yorkshire club which could lead them away from their disappointing campaign this term.

They are set to lose Raphinha for a mammoth fee to Arsenal, with a reported price tag of £65m being touted for the Brazilian. Mikel Arteta wants to bolster his forward line further with Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, with the pair likely costing over £100m.

Barcelona are Raphinha’s first choice and he has already agreed to personal terms with Xavi Hernandez’s side, but they are struggling to fund a deal due to their financial troubles.

He would then choose to join Chelsea if given the chance, with the Blues in the Champions League and in the best position to win silverware out of themselves, Arsenal and Spurs.

Leed would ‘have no trouble’ in stumping up the £26m asking price for Gakpo given their position on Raphinha and other exits, but a red flag may come in the players’ fondness for Arsenal.

“The Premier League is a big league. Virgil van Dijk plays there with Liverpool so I like to watch them.”

“We are not the same kind of league but I think we try to look at the Premier League and learn about it. Everybody wants to play one time in the Premier League. I don’t favour one team but I like Arsenal a lot.

“I looked up to Henry when I was younger because he was a tall guy who played on the wing.”

Gakpo will certainly have many options going into the next campaign, but it is still thought his priority is to stay with PSV for one more season.

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Topics: Football, Liverpool, Leeds United, Arsenal