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Leeds: Raphinha again tipped to potentially leave Elland Road

Leeds: Raphinha again tipped to potentially leave Elland Road -Leeds United Transfer Rumours

Former England striker Kevin Phillips believes Raphinha could leave Leeds United, especially now that he is a Brazil international.

The Lowdown: Raphinha’s reputation grows

The 24-year-old has been adored by Whites supporters for just over a year now since he joined from Rennes, but he is now receiving more widespread praise.

Raphinha has scored twice in his first three caps for Brazil after making his debut earlier this month, immediately looking as though he could be a superstar for his country moving forward.

The Latest: Phillips tips Brazilian for possible exit

The winger’s form has inevitably seen him being linked with a move away from Elland Road, and speaking to Football Insider, Phillips admitted he could see it happening after his international performances.

The Sky Sports pundit said:

“He’s a Brazil international now, that adds value. You’ve got to be talking £40million plus, Leeds certainly wouldn’t expect to receive offers of anything less than that.

“If he finishes the season strongly, and gets more international caps under his belt you would have to expect bids for around that amount.

“He just needs to take that form he found away with Brazil and use it to help Leeds get away from the bottom of the league.”

The Verdict: Leave next summer?

The hope is that Raphinha is happy at Leeds and will stay put for the foreseeable future, but Marcelo Bielsa could find it difficult to keep hold of him beyond next summer. Some of England’s, or even Europe’s, biggest clubs could make a bid for him and he may like the challenge of playing for a team challenging for major honours.

That being said, Raphinha’s current Leeds deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2024, so only a huge amount of money would likely lead to the Whites accepting a bid and allowing another club to prise him away given his importance to the team – as per WhoScored metrics, he is by far and away their best performer so far this season.

In other news, one pundit is excited about a transfer claim involving Leeds. Read more here.

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