Leeds United correspondent for the Athletic, Phil Hay discussed Raphinha and the possibility that he might be replaced at Leeds by Noa Lang on his podcast. Leeds were heavily connected with a move for Lang last summer, but a deal was reportedly snubbed by Marcelo Bielsa, much to the dismay of the club’s higher-ups.
However, with a winger spot potentially opening up this summer as Raphinha prepares to leave for Barcelona, Hay believes Leeds could return for Lang since he is still highly regarded within the club. Speaking about Lang being the ideal like-for-like replacement for Raphinha, the former Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer said, “I mean, I’m only speculating here, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Raphinha left and they went back in for Noa Lang. They do really like Noa Lang and they did like him last summer, but they went for Dan James, so that could happen.”
A summer transfer for Lang may be fantastic for Leeds. Especially if he’s brought in to take Raphinha’s place.
Leeds will want a crafty winger who can score goals, and Lang fits the bill well. The 22-year-old has already been likened to Neymar, and he scored 16 league goals during the 2020/21 season, demonstrating exactly how dangerous he can be in front of a goal.
The winger is also a fantastic creator. This season, the winger has assisted on 12 league goals, up from 11 last year. Leeds will need quality to replace Raphinha, and Lang has the potential to be a star for the Elland Road club in the future years. The Dutchman will be a player to keep a close eye on in the upcoming transfer window with AC Milan also reportedly keeping close tabs on the Club Brugge star.
Leeds are set to demand at least 50 million euros for Raphinha with Premier League survival confirmed. The signing of Noa Lang, if a deal is struck between Club Brugge and Leeds, would be a statement signing. Jesse Marsch would certainly want to develop the 22-year-old who is yet to reach his prime years and a fee of around 25-30 million euros for the winger seems to be a bargain. If Club Brugge are ready to sell their starman, Leeds shouldn’t think twice and close the deal before the likes of AC Milan enter the fray to sign the former De Toekomst product.
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