Leeds United give starlet ‘green light’ to go out on loan – Championship side in ‘advanced talks’

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Leeds defender Cresswell

According to reports, Championship outfit Millwall are in ‘advanced talks’ to sign Leeds United youngster Charlie Cresswell on loan.

The 19-year-old has progressed through the ranks at Leeds United. He made his senior debut for them in the Carabao Cup during the 2020/21 campaign.

Cresswell made five appearances in the Premier League last term with Leeds struggling with injuries.

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Jesse Marsch’s side have already signed Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen and Marc Roca ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Football Insider are reporting that Millwall are in ‘advanced talks’ to sign Cresswell on loan.

This will be a season-long loan deal and it is likely to be completed after ‘developments’ were made on Tuesday.

Leeds have given their ‘green light’ for this transfer. Marsch is said to be an ‘admirer’ of Cresswell but he ‘does not believe he is yet ready to compete for a first-team spot at Premier League level’.

Elsewhere, according to reports, Chelsea have ‘edged ahead’ of Arsenal in the race to sign Leeds United winger Raphinha.

The Brazil international signed for Leeds in 2020 ahead of their return to the Premier League. He joined them from Rennes for around £17m.

Raphinha has shone for the West Yorkshire side over the past two campaigns. He has grabbed 17 goals and eleven assists in 66 appearances.

The attacker was integral last season as Leeds did enough to avoid relegation down to the Championship.

They are set to lose Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City for around £45m, and Raphinha is being targeted by Arsenal, Chelsea and FC Barcelona.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein is now reporting that Chelsea are in ‘pole position’ to sign Raphinha.

He notes that the ‘race is not yet closed’, but the Blues are ‘close to agreeing a fee’ with Leeds United.

It now ‘comes down to Raphinha’s preference’, though Chelsea are considered favourites.

Barcelona are not strong enough financially to do the deal, while Arsenal are ‘yet to reach the level Chelsea are at’ in terms of transfer fee.

Ornstein adds that the fee Chelsea would pay for Raphinha is ‘north of £55m’. Fabrizio Romano has suggested that £60-65m with add-ons included will be paid.