Leeds: Major arrival ‘still to come’ at Elland Road

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Leeds United’s replacement for the outbound Raphinha is ‘still to come’ this summer, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The Whites have already been one of the most active sides in the transfer window to date, adding significant strength to Jesse Marsch’s first-team squad, but it seems further additions are still to come.

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Marsch kickstarted the summer by bringing in attacking midfielder Brenden Aaronson from former club Red Bull Salzburg, and it didn’t take long for right-back Rasmus Kristensen to make an identical journey.

Leeds then secured the signature of defensive midfielder Marc Roca from German giants Bayern Munich, adding some class to the base of their engine room.

And the arrival of Tyler Adams soon followed, replacing club legend Kalvin Phillips, who joined Premier League champions Manchester City in a £42 million deal.

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Teenager Darko Gyabi moved in the opposite direction, while left-winger Luis Sinisterra was picked up from Feyenoord after registering 23 goals and 14 assists in 49 appearances last season.

However, Raphinha is expected to depart Elland Road imminently following strong interest from the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea, meaning a new right-winger may be needed at Leeds.

What has Jones said about Leeds?

Jones believes that although Leeds have made ‘good additions’ already, another forward who will make opponents ‘more scared of them’ will be snapped up imminently.

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In an interview with GiveMeSport, he said: “They’ve made good additions, but the Raphinha replacement is still to come.

“And that’s because they want a forward that’s going to make people sit up and take notice of them and be a little bit more scared of them, I guess.”

Who could Leeds sign?

One potential replacement for Raphinha appears to be PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo, who played a pivotal part in the club’s Dutch Cup triumph last term.

French outlet FootMercato have revealed that Leeds are ‘very attentive to the situation’ of the 23-year-old as they plan for life without their talented talisman.

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Gakpo could ease the transition to life without Raphinha for Leeds, though. He found the back of the net on 21 occasions last season, setting up a further 15 strikes for his teammates.

Whether Leeds follow up their interest in the Netherlands international remains to be seen, but he could be another exciting acquisition in west Yorkshire.

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