By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

26th Jun, 2022 | 3:10pm

Pundit predicts £65m Leeds United exit for Raphinha after Arsenal development this week

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Leeds United will get the £65million they’re demanding for Raphinha, according to Paul Robinson.

Arsenal opened the bidding for the Brazil international, 25, earlier this week with a lowball offer that was widely reported to be well short of Leeds’ valuation [The Athletic, 22 June].

Barcelona, Tottenham and Chelsea are also said to be keen on signing the former Rennes winger, who’s been in stunning form since swapping France for West Yorkshire in 2020.

On 22 June, Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano reported that Leeds have emphatically told all interested clubs that if Raphinha leaves Elland Road, it’ll have to be for at least £65million.

And based on the level of interest that’s now rising, Robinson fully expects the Whites to pocket that fee.

“I think they will [get the £65million for Raphinha] because of the number of clubs who are interested in him,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

He’s been top-quality for the last two years.

He’s been inconsistent at times but he’s got proven quality and he’s shown he can do it at that level.

The problem for Leeds is that where they are, they only just survived last year and they’re trying to fight off some big predators and they’re not going to be able to.

With Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, they just have to maximise the deals they get for both and they have to do them as quickly as they can to allow the manager to put the money back into the squad.”

It’s been widely reported that Raphinha’s favoured destination is Barcelona but due to the crippling financial issues at the Nou Camp, it seems unlikely they’ll get anywhere near Leeds’ demands.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs, however, seem likely to be able to afford it.

In other Leeds United news, documents have been exchanged for this player to leave Leeds after two weeks of going back and forth.