Leeds United ready 40m Otavio bid in Raphinha replacement chase

Leeds United are targeting FC Porto midfielder Otavio as they look to find a replacement for the outbound Raphinha this summer, and are readying a 40m euro bid to try to tempt the Portuguese outfit into selling.

Porto have already offloaded Fabio Vieira to Arsenal this summer, whilst Vitinha looks primed to join Paris Saint-Germain, which, when added to the January sale of Luis Diaz, has taken their total income to over £100m this calendar year.

Now, they could be in line for yet more, with Brazilian Otavio the latest Porto player to be targeted by a Premier League side. This time, in the shape of Leeds United.

Jesse Marsch's side are looking to plan for life after Raphinha, with the Leeds talisman already the subject of one failed bid and looking certain to depart Elland Road this summer.

And, according to Portuguese media, Leeds have seen one 30m euro bid for Otavio knocked back, but are planning on returning with a 40m euro bid as they look to replace one Brazilian with another.

Gakpo and De Ketelaere among other options

Otavio is not the only one on Marsch's list of attack-minded transfer targets this summer, with PSV winger Cody Gakpo and Club Brugge forward Charles de Ketelaere also among potential additions.

Both would likely cost in excess of 40m euros, which means that it would be a case of one or the other joining the Elland Road side.

However, with a rumoured 70m euro offer for Raphinha on the table, should Leeds be able to raise yet more funds through the sale of Kalvin Phillips, it could be a case where both arrive in Yorkshire this summer.

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Ben Browning

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