Raphinha and a potential move to Barcelona continue to dominate Leeds United headlines.
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Leeds’ first port of call in the coming two months is Premier League survival, but beyond that, they are expected to be fighting to retain Raphinha or, at the very least, get value for money if the winger is sold.
The 25-year-old has two years remaining on his deal at Elland Road and has scored 15 goals since signing for £17m in 2020.
One thing is certain at this stage and that’s the fact that Leeds will make a profit on that £17m.
The question, though, is just how much Leeds might get for the winger if he’s sold this summer.
Toby (Neutral) and Kris (FA5) discuss the Brazilian’s value:
You get the feeling that a fee of around £60million could be a relatively appropriate price for Leeds to demand for Raphinha.
It has been reported that the fee they want for Kalvin Phillips is in that region, and given these are two of Leeds’ most important players, you would imagine they will want to receive a similar fee for the Brazilian as well.
Indeed, with both players contracted with the club until the summer of 2024, they are not under more pressure to sell one than the other, so that too means you expect Leeds to want the same sort of fee for both.
Given the quality that Raphinha has shown throughout the vast majority of his Leeds career, suggesting he is capable of making an impact and competing in teams battling for silverware, this does feel like the sort of amount they may be expecting to pay for him as well.
For me, we have to be looking for more than £60million to sell him, because we wouldn’t be able to find anyone as good as him for that price.
Barcelona look like they’re trying to drive the price down, but if we stay up, I just can’t see us backing down to what they want.
The issue we have is that the Raphinha money not only has to cover replacing him, but also to re-invest in the squad around him too.
If we sell ourselves short with this valuation, it does stink of a lack of ambition for me, that we’re happy to take the money and run.
Set out our stall with a huge valuation and it shows a statement of intent to the clubs buying him that we mean business.
How much is Raphinha worth?
More than £60million