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Report: Apparent Leeds United target Raphael Martinho to join Bari

Raphael Martinho scores against Inter Milan

The Brazilian attacker had been linked for the second summer in a row.

Raphael Martinho scores against Inter MilanRaphael Martinho scores against Inter Milan

He was a player heavily linked with a move to Leeds United last summer and this wek his name has cropped up once again as a potential target for the club.

Raphael Martinho’s future at Carpi appeared to be confirmed this week and it was away from the club. Instead, he seemed to be set for a departure.

Raphael Martinho tackles Paul PogbaRaphael Martinho tackles Paul Pogba

Tutto Mercato Web reported earlier this week that Leeds were in ‘pole position’ to sign the Brazilian-Italian winger – owing to their links to his potential signature this time last year.

But it would seem as though that may not have been accurate.

General view inside the stadium before the gameGeneral view inside the stadium before the game

According to multiple reports in Italy today, including from Gazza Mercato, the wide-man has agreed to join Serie B side Bari this summer – not Leeds United.

Last summer The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed just why Leeds United pulled out of a deal that certainly seemed to be on the cards.

General view outside the stadium before the game - Leeds UnitedGeneral view outside the stadium before the game - Leeds United

The club had negotiated with his then club team Catania, although reports of a medical were a little premature. However, the Brazilian spoke absolutely no English. The report claims that concerns over his ability to settle in the country meant that Leeds decided to look elsewhere.

This summer it would appear Leeds were perhaps alerted to his ability, but it seems they never really made a concerted effort to bring him to Yorkshire.

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