Leeds United news: Raphinha makes dream Barcelona start as Whites offered international left-back solution

Leeds United are preparing to face Crystal Palace in a pre-season friendly on Friday – here are Wednesday’s key headlines.

Wednesday, 20th July 2022, 10:11 am

Raphinha makes dream Barcelona start

Former Leeds United attacker Raphinha dazzled on his first appearance for Barcelona in a friendly against Inter Miami on Tuesday night.

Xavi put the Brazilian in his starting eleven just days after he arrived from Leeds in a £50m transfer.

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Twenty-five minutes into the clash, ‘Rapha’ met an Alejandro Balde cross and struck a left-footed volley into the goal to double Barca’s lead.

Raphinha also marked two assists, providing for Pierre Emerick-Aubemeyang’s opener and Ansu Fati, who bagged the Spanish side’s third in a 6-0 rout.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JULY 19: Raphinha of FC Barcelona during the pre season friendly between Inter Miami CF and FC Barcelona at DRV PNK Stadium on July 19, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

Marsch provides injury update

Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch says Archie Gray could play in the Whites’ friendly against Crystal Palace on Friday.

The youngster was stretchered off just minutes after being brought off the bench in United’s 1-0 friendly defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday night.

Villa midfielder John McGinn drew criticism for his heavy challenge on Gray, who looked to be in considerable pain as he left the field of play.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Archie Gray of Leeds United is stretchered off the field during the 2022 Queensland Champions Cup match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Suncorp Stadium on July 17, 2022 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Now, Marsch has revealed that Gray is back in training today doing individual work with a chance of returning to action later this week.

Whites linked with PSG international

Leeds United have been offered the opportunity to sign Paris Saint Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa, according to Media Foot.

METZ, FRANCE - APRIL 24: Layvin Kurzawa of Paris Saint Germain in action during the Ligue 1 match between FC Metz and Paris Saint-Germain at Stade Saint-Symphorien on April 24, 2021 in Metz, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Injury to left-back Junior Firpo, who is expected to be out until September, has made the Whites’ need strengthen in his position more urgent.

Kurzawa, who is approaching his 30th birthday, didn’t make a single Ligue 1 or Champions League appearance last term.

Having never competed outside his native country, the France international has been with PSG since 2015 and has two years remaining on his contract with the Ligue 1 champions.

Everton and Leeds have both been offered Kurzawa, who is reportedly likely to end up at a Premier League club.