Raphinha completes deadline day Leeds United move

Raphinha completes deadline day Leeds United move

Whites secure services of Brazilian.

Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Rennes winger Raphinha, subject to international clearance.

The 23-year-old has joined the club for an undisclosed fee from the Ligue 1 side and has penned a four-year deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2024.

The Brazilian started his career with native club Avaí, before being snapped up by Portuguese outfit Vitória de Guimarães in 2016.

After making 84 appearances for Vitória where he scored 22 goals and provided 13 assists over two seasons, he was signed by Sporting CP.

With Sporting CP, he helped the club win both the Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga in his debut 2018/19 season.

Following his impressive first campaign at the Estádio José Alvalade, Rennes moved to secure his services last summer for a reported £18m fee.

He featured for the French outfit 30 times last season, scoring seven goals and providing five assists, with Rennes finishing third and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

This season he has featured six times for Rennes, with his last appearance coming in yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Reims in which he scored and he leaves the club at the top of the table.

Raphinha also has experience of playing in European competition, having appeared in the UEFA Europa League with Vitória, Sporting CP and Rennes.

He becomes the club’s 13th signing of the transfer window and will wear the number 18 shirt at Elland Road and could make his Leeds debut following the international break, when the Whites take on Wolves on Monday 19th October.