1pm Leeds United transfer news LIVE: Stephan Ambrosius interest, Raphinha signing CONFIRMED, De Paul switch blocked – The Sun

1pm Leeds United transfer news LIVE: Stephan Ambrosius interest, Raphinha signing CONFIRMED, De Paul switch blocked – The Sun

LEEDS UNITED have announced the signing of Raphinha for £21million.

The Whites have left it late in the day, as Marcelo Bielsa refused to pursue a deal for Rodrigo De Paul.

Stay up to date with all the latest from Elland Road below…

  • Jack Figg

    TRAINING DAY

    Midfielder Kalvin Phillips pictured during England training.

    Phillips made his debut against Iceland in the Nations League last month.

    He is in the England squad that faces Wales in a friendly tomorrow and Belgium in a Nations League qualifier on the weekend.

  • Jack Figg

    SMALL SCREEN

    Premier League clubs have been warned they face a further cut in TV income — even without the cost of the pandemic.

    The 20 top-flight clubs were landed with paying a £330million rebate to broadcasters. And the tender for the next three-year deal from the 2022-23 campaign goes out later this season.

    But broadcast analyst Claire Enders suggests hopes of matching the current deal, worth £5billion over three years, are unfeasible.

    Instead, Enders believes clubs must steel themselves for a £500m reduction.

    She said: “The last auction was post-peak, the takings were down and we expect that to continue.

    “Sky and BT overpaid for rights in the past and BT has suffered a decline in its value. Now the UK sports broadcasters are trying to think about reducing their rights costs.”

  • Jack Figg

    ALL WHITE THEN

    Leeds are reportedly eyeing the development of Hamburg defender Stephan Ambrosius.

    Leeds ended their window having signed Raphinha as well as bringing in Diego Llorente and Robin Koch at centre-back.

    They were also interested in Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol and Brighton's Ben White.

    But according to Hanuaer Anzeiger, Ambrosius is their latest target for the winter window.

  • Jack Figg

    FOOTING THE BIL

    Premier League clubs splashed £1.24billion on new signings this summer, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The figure represents a £160m decrease from last season – but is still £70m more than was spent in the 2016 summer window.

    Chelsea were the league's top spenders, splashing £226.1m on fresh talent, including Timo Werner (£45m), Hakim Ziyech (£37m), Edouard Mendy (£22m) Ben Chilwell (£50m) and Kai Havertz (£70m).

    Manchester City were unsurprisingly second biggest spenders, splashing cash on Nathan Ake (£41m) and Ferran Torres (£37m) early on in the window before splurging a further £64.5m on defender Ruben Dias.

    Leeds United wasted no time following their promotion back to the top flight, recruiting the likes of Rodrigo, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente – as well as Raphinha from Rennes on Deadline Day.

    Arsenal finally matched Thomas Partey's £45m release clause late on Deadline Day, after already signing Gabriel Magalhaes and Runar Alex Runarsson.

    Manchester United finally added to their earlier signing Donny van de Beek on Deadline Day by bringing in fresh talent including Alex Telles – taking their overall spend to £54.4m – £1.4m more than Sheffield United, whose window was headlined by the signings of Aaron Ramsdale and Rhian Brewster.

  • Jack Figg

    DRAX YER LOT

    Former Leeds target Julian Draxler has admitted to considering a move from Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Whites were linked with the German midfielder last month by French media, but he chose to stay put.

    Draxler told Bild: “In the summer I thought about trying to do something else.

    “Due to the coronavirus situation, it was ultimately difficult to find a club where I would have said: 'Everything fits well together, I definitely want to [come here]'.

    “That was not the case, so I decided that I would not dare to take a quick shot and keep looking for my chance at Paris.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    IT'LL HERZ YA

    Stuart Dallas reckons having a home crowd may backfire on Bosnia and Herzegovina and help Northern Ireland in tomorrow's Euro 2020 play-off.

    Up to 2,000 fans can attend in Sarajevo but it will be only locals as part of a coronavirus experiment.

    If Dallas' side win the one-leg semi they face Slovakia or Ireland next month for a Euro spot.

    The Leeds defender said: “Everyone knows how huge the game is. A few fans will put pressure on them.”

  • Dave Fraser

    GOOD MORNING LEEDS FANS

    Leeds fans should be excited for the arrival of Raphinha – says Bruno Fernandes.

    Manchester United and the Whites do not have a great history but the Red Devils playmaker is certain Raphinha will be a hit.

    In comments from December 2019, Fernandes talked up the new Leeds man’s abilities.

    “He’s a player with whom I had a different chemistry from the others. He understood me at a glance.

    “He knew, according to the movement of my body, where I was going to put the ball to him. I also miss him because he brought joy to the locker room. 

    “He’s also a responsible and hardworking person.”

    The pair played together at Sporting CP during the 2018-19 season.

    The deadline day deal pushed up the mega spending of Premier League clubs this autumn.

    Teams have splashed £1.24billion on new signings this summer, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The figure represents a £160m decrease from last season – but is still £70m more than was spent in the 2016 summer window.

    Leeds wasted no time following their promotion back to the top flight, recruiting the likes of Rodrigo, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente – as well as Raphinha from Rennes.

  • Marc Mayo

    SMALL SCREEN

    Premier League clubs have been warned they face a further cut in TV income — even without the cost of the pandemic.

    The 20 top-flight clubs were landed with paying a £330million rebate to broadcasters. And the tender for the next three-year deal from the 2022-23 campaign goes out later this season.

    But broadcast analyst Claire Enders suggests hopes of matching the current deal, worth £5billion over three years, are unfeasible.

    Instead, Enders believes clubs must steel themselves for a £500m reduction.

    She said: “The last auction was post-peak, the takings were down and we expect that to continue.

    “Sky and BT overpaid for rights in the past and BT has suffered a decline in its value. Now the UK sports broadcasters are trying to think about reducing their rights costs.”

  • Marc Mayo

    STU THE MAN

    Another trophy in the bank for Leeds this year!

  • Marc Mayo

    BOG OFF

    Spanish side Logrones snapped up Mateusz Bogusz last night and former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson has backed the move.

    The Poland Under-21 international only signed for Leeds 18 months ago but is yet to make an impression, before heading to the Segunda Division on loan.

    Robinson told MOT Leeds News: “With the strength of the squad, players like that aren’t going to get as much of a look in as they would have done in the Championship.

    “Clubs don’t just send players out willy-nilly, they will handpick certain clubs, certain managers and certain styles of play that will benefit that player.

    “That’s exactly what Leeds will have done.”

  • Marc Mayo

    EMPTY SEATS

    Leeds have backed the Premier League’s open letter on bringing fans back into grounds.

    League chiefs have co-signed the statement with the EFL and Women’s game bosses, insisting they are doing all they can to resume test events.

  • Marc Mayo

    I MISS BRU

    Bruno Fernandes gave a gleaming review of Raphinha before his move to Leeds.

    The pair played together at Sporting CP for the 2018-19 season, after which Raphinha signed for Rennes and Fernandes joined Manchester United.

    And they are now both in the Premier League after Raphinha’s deadline day move to Elland Road.

    Fernandes said in December of last year: “Raphinha … I miss Raphinha.

    “He’s a player with whom I had a different chemistry from the others. He understood me at a glance.

    “He knew, according to the movement of my body, where I was going to put the ball to him. I also miss him because he brought joy to the locker room.

    “He’s also a responsible and hardworking person.”

  • Marc Mayo

    EXCITED?
    So, Leeds fans, you have 13 days to wait until you can see this lad in action.

    Can you wait that long?!

  • Marc Mayo

    IN THE NOE

    Former Leeds forward Noel Whelan reckons Raphinha is a great signing for the club.

    With Marcelo Bielsa to work under, Whelan sees the young winger as well placed to develop his game and impress in England.

    He told Football Insider: “I thought it was a very good signing, I knew we were in the window for another winger.

    “Someone of his quality, his age has been very productive for Rennes over the seasons he’s been there and he’s started his season really well. I think he finished his last game with a goal and an assist as well.

    “We’ve bought ourselves a very good prospect there. I don’t actually think he’s hit his prime yet.

    “Working with Marcelo Bielsa and his style of play will suit him right down to the ground.”

  • Marc Mayo

    FRIENDS FER-EVER

    Manchester United and Leeds fans may not always get along, but two of their star players appear to be pals.

    Bruno Fernandes has wished Raphinha well after the Brazilian touched down in Yorkshire.

    “Welcome to the Premier League, brother,” wrote the United star on Raphinha’s Instagram post confirming his move.

    The pair played together at Sporting CP during the 2018-19 season.

  • Marc Mayo

    DOUG HIM OUT

    Barry Douglas will be “desperate” to leave Leeds, according to Alan Hutton.

    The former Scotland full-back believes his countryman will sacrifice a fringe role in the Premier League for first-team action a tier down.

    Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s been strange. I thought the move from Wolves to Leeds was strange at the time.

    “I thought he was an excellent player, he really got up and down well, he was energetic, a wonderful left foot and he’s not really played at Leeds. He had a couple of injuries, did he not? He struggled a little bit.

    “Again, it’s been a difficult one for him. At that end of your career you want to be playing, you don’t want to be sitting on the bench or not making squads, you want to be playing football.

    “Another player that would be desperate for a move and if it’s back to the Championship, fine. At least he’ll get the time and he’ll play every week.”

  • Marc Mayo

    FOOTING THE BILL

    Premier League clubs splashed £1.24billion on new signings this summer, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The figure represents a £160m decrease from last season – but is still £70m more than was spent in the 2016 summer window.

    Chelsea were the league's top spenders, splashing £226.1m on fresh talent, including Timo Werner (£45m), Hakim Ziyech (£37m), Edouard Mendy (£22m) and Ben Chilwell (£50m).

    Manchester City were unsurprisingly second biggest spenders, splashing cash on Nathan Ake (£41m) and Ferran Torres (£37m) early on in the window.

    Leeds wasted no time following their promotion back to the top flight, recruiting the likes of Rodrigo, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente – as well as Raphinha from Rennes on Deadline Day.

    Burnley, meanwhile, hardly spent a penny, snapping up only Dale Stephens and Will Norris.

  • John Hutchinson

    GOTT TO MOVE?

    Young Leeds midfielder Robbie Gotts is interesting League One rivals Sunderland and Swindon.

    Premier League clubs can still do business with the EFL, and Gotts could be heading out to get some first-team experience.

    Sunderland are expected to battle for promotion, while Swindon are struggling after being promoted from League 2 last season.

  • John Hutchinson

    KAL TO ARMS

    We spoke of him earlier, and while on international duty, Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips has tweeted his support out for Show Racism The Red Card.

    Nice to see from Phillips.

  • John Hutchinson

    RARING TO GO

    Here's new signing Raphina showing off his new colours?

    What do you think Leeds? Will he prove an instant hit?

  • John Hutchinson

    CANT HAPPEN YET

    Leeds were linked with Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell, but have so far failed to get the deal over the line.

    But it has to be remembered that it is only the INTERNATIONAL transfer window that has closed – so clubs in the Premier League are still allowed to poach from the EFL.

    Not great for Norwich, with Leeds rumoured to be moving back in for Cantwell after failing to land Michael Cuisance and Rodrigo De Paul on deadline day.

  • John Hutchinson

    JEAN-UINE AFFECTION

    Leeds fans, Jean-Kevin Agustin, remember him?

    The striker was signed on loan last season but barely played and was sent back to RB Leipzig.

    Well, the 23-year-old has now signed for French side Nantes, but has a message for Leeds fans.

  • John Hutchinson

    PHIL OF BEANS

    Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is continuing his meteoric rise as he travels out for international duty with England.

    Phillips has made a seamless transition to Premier League football, and celebrated with a Three Lions call-up.

    He will be hoping to impress Gareth Southgate in the friendly against Wales on Thursday.

  • John Hutchinson

    ONE RODRIGO ENOUGH

    Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa reportedly never wanted to push the boat out for Udinese star Rodrigo de Paul.

    The Argentine midfielder was linked with a move to Elland Road for the last few weeks, but that never materialised.

    Now The Athletic is reporting that boss Bielsa didn't pressure the board to meet Udinese's £36.8m valuation of De Paul.

    A move for Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Cuisance also fell through – but Bielsa will continue to get the best out of what he has got.

  • John Hutchinson

    RAPHINA SPEAKS

    Leeds United's new signing Raphina is ready to take his 'opportunity' after joining the Whites for £21m from Rennes.

    Speaking to the club's website, the flying winger said: “I feel really satisfied and happy with the opportunity and trust the club has shown in me.

    “I believe I can show my game and show the club my work and why they believed in me.

    “I’m really happy to be here and I hope to, even in a small part, write my name in the club’s history.

    “Together with my happiness, the happiness of the fans with my signing and the directors, I think we can all be happy together.”

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