Raphinha does not travel with Leeds to Australia, his departure a matter of days
Raphinha has been left out of Leeds United’s squad for their pre-season tour of Australia.
The Brazilian winger has been the subject of an offer from Arsenal and interest from Barcelona and Chelsea.
Leeds fly to the Gold Coast on Sunday for games against Aston Villa and Brisbane Roar, before heading to Perth to face Crystal Palace.
The club would demand more than £50m for Raphinha, who they signed from Rennes for £17m two years ago.
Speaking after Leeds’ 4-0 friendly win against Blackpool on Thursday, manager Jesse Marsch said there was an urgency from Raphinha to find a solution.
“Ai [Raphinha] there are hopes and dreams and we’ll see how it all goes. I know he loves this team, this club and being here,” he said.
“We will see how things progress. We have to wait and see what will happen in the coming days,” Marsch declared.
Meanwhile, all six of the club’s new signings have been included in the pre-season squad, along with 16-year-old Archie Gray.
Defender Junior Firpo has a concussion and is out of the squad.