MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly considering a swoop for Raphinha with Leeds bracing themselves to lose up to five stars if they are relegated.
The Elland Road outfit know they have to secure a better result than Burnley on Sunday in order to survive in the Premier League.
And ahead of their final day trip to Brentford, boss Jesse Marsch has admitted his fear that the squad could be broken up if they suffer relegation to the Championship.
England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, former Man United forward Jack Harrison, goalkeeper Illan Meslier and striker Patrick Bamford are all expected to attract offers should they fail to beat the drop.
As will Brazilian international winger Raphina – and The Telegraph are claiming that the 25-year-old “could be of interest” to United.
Incoming Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag knows that his transfer budget will now be reduced this summer after failing to qualify for the Champions League.
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And United also know that any potential deal could be scuppered by the rivalry that exists between United and Leeds.
However, the Old Trafford outfit are “understood to be monitoring the situation” for the attacker.
They also add that Ten Hag “wants a striker but will go for a left-footed right forward” should he not be able to secure a forward.
Discussing the prospect of relegation on his squad, Marsch said: “I haven’t gone through player-by player what the consequences will be but I am aware there are always changes from season to season and the best chance to keep the core of the group together is to stay in the league.
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“A big part of my personal motivation is to continue the relationships I have here.
“I have really enjoyed working with the group and would hate to see some of the guys go because I have made a real connection with the players here and we’ve really enjoyed our time here.
“I think there is big potential of what we can become.”
Both Barcelona and West Ham have also been linked with a move for Raphinha over recent weeks.
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