Leeds United must start to prioritise who they look to keep hold of in the summer, as Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha gather interest.
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The last week has been uneventful on the pitch for Leeds with an international break seeing only a couple of senior names involved.
In the meantime, speculation over transfers has taken precedent with both Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha in the limelight over a possible summer exit.
It’s no surprise that the duo have become priority targets for clubs this summer, given the displays they have put in both at club and international level.
The level of speculation does say a lot about the chances of either leaving, however, and it is coming to the time where Leeds might have to take a look at putting all their eggs in one basket to keep one of these two.
What’s been said?
Phillips has long been admired by the hierarchy at Aston Villa, with reports of a £60million offer and £10million-per-year wage coming from the Times, showing their real desire to bring in the Yorkshire Pirlo.
Meanwhile, Raphinha has been subject to reported interest from almost every elite club across Europe, but the front-runners look to be Barcelona at this moment in time.
How much is Raphinha worth?
More than £60million
Fabrizio Romano has said a lot in the past week or so about Barcelona’s attempts to sign him, with some claims holding more substance than others, but it’s clear that Deco has been in contact with the Nou Camp outfit over this potential move.
The two, then, are some of the hottest properties in the Premier League as we move towards the summer.
The noises coming out of Barcelona’s camp along with Deco’s actions this season suggest we’d be fighting a losing battle to strive to keep him here for 2022/23, at least that’s the view of the YEP’s Graham Smyth and the vast majority of the fanbase along with him.
A new contract isn’t happening for him, but it would very much be on the cards when we look at Phillips, and that’s what Leeds absolutely have to put their energy into now.
The Times also reported that while Villa are keen on the midfielder, Leeds are too looking to seal an agreement with a new contract that matches the level of ambition shown by those pushing to sign him.
So, the club want him to stay, and the player himself wants to stay.
It would be a real shame not to capitalise on this situation and build Jesse Marsch’s team on that basis.
Losing Raphinha would be a big blow, but we cannot begrudge him what would be a huge move for him to one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Make sure we get the biggest fee possible for the Brazilian, but alongside that, Leeds need to make sure they aren’t letting Phillips slip away from them.