By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

18th Apr, 2022 | 4:10pm

Sky Sports pundit predicts Raphinha exit from Leeds United as -£1m figure confirmed in accounts

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Paul Robinson believes it’s time for Leeds United to start selling players after the club posted the worst sales figures in the Premier League for last season.

As revealed in Leeds’ accounts for the 2020/21 season on Companies House [6 April], the Whites suffered a £1million loss on player sales.

Football finance expert Swiss Ramble tweeted on 11 April that Leeds’ £1million loss is the worst in the top-flight and “miles below” Manchester City [£69million] and Wolves [£61million].

Brazil winger Raphinha, 25, has been strongly linked with a move away from Elland Road in recent months with Barcelona reportedly in advanced talks with his agent Deco [Fabrizio Romano].

And after suffering a dip in form, Robinson feels it’s time for Raphinha to be sold.

However, the pundit wants the Whites to completely avoid selling both him and midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

“I don’t think they can afford to sell Raphinha and Phillips – that would be silly – but this is the summer to sell Raphinha,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News. “His performances have been indifferent and inconsistent this year.

He’s a top player who will demand a top fee at the moment and I think that fee is best used to get in two or three players to enhance Leeds’ ability to stay in the Premier League next year.

Raphinha has at times been a luxury player, his work rate hasn’t sometimes been there.

“We saw when Marcelo Bielsa took him off at half-time against Everton he wasn’t in the team the week after.

His performances haven’t been at the level they have been previously and when he’s on song, he’s one of the best players in the league, he’s fantastic.”

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