The Lowdown: Romano’s update on Raphinha
The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in recent months, with his agent Deco reaching a ‘full agreement’ with the Catalan giants over a five-year deal.
However, agreeing on a fee with the Whites for the 25-year-old has proven tricky for the La Liga club, especially due to their current financial issues.
Romano stated on Sunday morning that ‘Leeds want €55m’ (£47.2m) for their star man and won’t change their price tag. That is a different figure from what was previously reported by Phil Hay, who stated earlier this month that it would likely take a bid between £60m and £70m to get Raphinha out of Elland Road.
The Latest: Wainman left fuming
He voiced his frustration with the journalist’s update by saying: ‘This €55m tag best be a joke, man.’
The Verdict: He’s right
The Whites hold all the cards when it comes to a potential exit for Raphinha after he played a major role in keeping the club in the Premier League. There is no release clause in his deal as a result, with the 25-year-old still having two years remaining on his Leeds contract.
Will Raphinha leave Leeds this summer?
No, he'll stay!
A number of Premier League clubs are now also keen on the winger, so selling for anything under £50m – as Romano has suggested – would be a disappointment, and Wainman is right to feel aggrieved.
In an ideal world, if Raphinha were to depart, multiple clubs would end up in a bidding war which would see the Whites receive a fee in the region of £60m-£70m, as Hay previously mentioned.
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