Leeds United news: Monaco leads Minamino race as Whites target reveals Premier League dream

Here are the latest morning headlines from Leeds United on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

Monaco leads the Minamino race

Monaco are leading the race for Liverpool striker Takumi Minamino, according to the Time. Leeds United are among a host of clubs linked with the Japan international, but as things stand, it’s the French side who are front and center.

It had been reported that Wolves were ahead in the race but now it looks like Monaco have stolen a step from Premier League contenders Minamino. Leeds will need to act quickly if they are to bring the 27-year-old to Elland Road this summer.

Elis’ Premier League dream

Boavista striker Alberth Elis has admitted it would be a “dream” to play in the Premier League amid growing interest from Leeds United. The Honduran international spent last season on loan at Bordeaux where he scored nine goals in 20 Ligue 1 appearances.

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His side were eventually relegated but they have a clause in which they can sign the striker for £6million from his parent club, with reports suggesting they will do so before selling him instantly for a profit. Los Blancos are considering signing the striker, who admitted it would be a dream to play in the English top flight.

“At the moment, I have a contract with the team; I have to respect it,” he said Heraldry. “I am very grateful to them for the support they gave me, for the way they welcomed me when I arrived in France.

“My dream has always been to play in the English league, and hopefully that will come true; first, God will give me this opportunity, and I can take advantage of it.

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Titus on Raphinha

Brazil manager Tite has admitted he was initially unaware of Leeds United winger Raphinha before his first call-up. Raphinha made his Brazil debut in October and hasn’t looked back since, establishing himself as first-choice in their top three alongside Neymar and ahead of Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior.

The 25-year-old has scored three goals and provided two assists in nine caps so far for his country and helped them qualify for the World Cup in Qatar later this year. Despite this, Seleção boss Tite has revealed he didn’t know much about Raphinha until his first call-up, saying it was his scouts who first insisted he had an opportunity .

In an interview with the temperaturehe said: “The recon team came to me and said, ‘Look at this boy, we’ve been watching him closely.’ I wasn’t paying much attention to it, but they insisted. ‘Look at his numbers !” Then we phoned [Marcelo] Bielsa, and he gave us information that supported the conclusions. Its quality is impressive.

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