Journalist David Anderson has provided an update on Leeds United winger Raphinha, amid links of a summer move to Barcelona.
The Lowdown: Costa and Summerville links
Raphinha, who Jesse Marsch has already forged a great relationship with since arriving at Elland Road, isn’t the only Whites attacker who could be on the move this summer. Helder Costa is currently on loan at Valencia, who have an option to make a move permanent in the summer.
Meanwhile, youngster Crysencio Summerville is still being linked with an Elland Road exit after a move to Hamburg fell through in January, with the German side still keen on his services.
Raphinha, the highest-profile player of the three, may also be on the way out, with his agent Deco in talks with the Catalan giants.
The Latest: Anderson’s post
Anderson took to Twitter on Monday morning, claiming Leeds won’t sell the Brazilian on the cheap.
The journalist also added that there isn’t a release clause in Raphinha’s contract, should the club remain in the Premier League.
“Leeds will not sell Raphinha on the cheap to Barcelona with the Spanish giants understood to be preparing a £33.5million offer. Also Raphinha does not have an escape clause in his contract in the Premier League.”
The Verdict: Good news
Should Raphinha play his part and help Leeds guarantee their top-flight status, then the Whites will be in total control when it comes to the winger’s future. That is obviously good news, with Leeds then able to call the shots in talks with Barcelona as their star man enters the final two years of his current deal.
Of course, Marsch’s side will need to pick up points in their final eight games to ensure they’ll be playing Premier League football next season, and if they do just that, a big-money move to the Nou Camp could be on the cards for Raphinha.
His current Transfermarkt valuation stands at a career-high £40.5m, so you’d expect Leeds chiefs will hold out for a fee way above that figure.
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