Leeds United target ‘excused from training’ – Marsch’s side in ‘direct contact’ with £25m Phillips replacement

Lewis Oldham
Leeds target Camara

According to reports, Leeds United are in ‘direct contact’ with Mohamed Camara’s representatives over a transfer from Red Bull Salzburg.

Leeds have already signed Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen and Marc Roca this summer.

They are set to lose Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips to Chelsea and Manchester City respectively though.

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Camara has been identified as a replacement for Phillips. The defensive midfielder made the move to Red Bull Salzburg in 2018.

The 22-year-old has helped them win the Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Cup twice apiece in recent seasons.

The Mali international played 36 times for Salzburg across all competitions last season. He started in all eight of their Champions League games.

Ryan Taylor of The Express is reporting that Camara has been ‘excused from training’ so he can ‘resolve his future’.

Leeds are in ‘direct contact’ with the player’s representatives and he is valued between £17-25m.

Taylor adds that Camara ‘wants’ a move to the Premier League. He notes that Brighton are ‘also in the mix’ after Yves Bissouma was sold to Tottenham Hotspur.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have reportedly ‘edged ahead’ of Arsenal in the race to sign Leeds United winger Raphinha.

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.

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.