October 18, 2021

Bielsa could sign Leeds' new Raphinha in "very explosive" gem, Radrizzani must act now – opinion

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Leeds have been handed a major boost in their chase for PSV Eindhoven starlet Noni...

Leeds have been handed a major boost in their chase for PSV Eindhoven starlet Noni Madueke.

What’s the story?

Reports in recent weeks have suggested that Marcelo Bielsa’s side have already put out feelers for the England under021 international over a potential summer move.

The Daily Mail have now claimed that the winger is valued at around £15m, although the Whites are likely to face competition from the likes of Leicester and AC Milan.

Bielsa’s new Raphinha

When this Premier League campaign is fully said and done, there’s no questioning that Raphinha will be right up there with the signings of the season. The Brazilian has been an absolute revelation at Elland Road, managing six goals and six assists in the top flight and bringing that famed Samba flair to these shores.

In Madueke, Leeds could find someone who is incredibly similar with his explosiveness, skills and a wand of a left foot.

Former England under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd hailed his ability, saying: “He’s a powerhouse of a player, technically very good, left-footed and likes to come in off the side of the pitch, off the right and go and link.

“He’s got a goal in him, he’s very creative. He’s got a massive smile, a lovely kid. The lads have taken to him, as they would because he’s a good player, he has that respect for what he’s done at PSV.”

Meanwhile, former PSV ace Tommie van de Leegte raved about about the England teenager to Dutch radio station Omroep Brabant last year, declaring (via Goal): “He’s fast and has the capability to trick his opponent. He brings creativity and is very explosive in his actions. That’s what PSV needs.”

Given his reported cost of £15m – virtually nothing in the modern market and especially when you consider the usual premium for buying English players – and with the competition beginning to intensify, it’s imperative that Andrea Radrizzani acts now to get his man.

Meanwhile, Leeds must offload this “complete liability”…

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