Sky Sports pundit urges Leeds United to cash in on Raphinha now amid Barcelona transfer twist
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Paul Robinson has told Leeds United it’s the right time to sell Raphinha this summer with bids reportedly flying in for the Brazil international.
The Times reported on Thursday (30 June) that Arsenal have had a £35million bid rejected while Chelsea’s offer worth £50million, rising to £60million, has been accepted by the Yorkshire giants.
Barcelona are also said to be lining up a bid for the 25-year-old winger, who’s also caught the eye of an unnamed Champions League club.
Barcelona are Raphinha’s favoured club but it remains to be seen whether they’ll make an offer that matches Leeds’ valuation.
Robinson doesn’t seem to mind where Raphinha goes though as he belives that there were tell-tale signs last season that the winger wants to move on from Elland Road and test himself in the Champions League.
“I think it’s time he needs to go,” said Robinson in an exclusive interview with MOT Leeds News.
“He was inconsistent last season but he performed in the games where he turned up. In his own opinion and in his own attitude, he probably thought he was moving on to big and better things.
“Another relegation battle at Leeds wouldn’t have suited him and they wouldn’t have got the best out of him.
“There’s a time to sell a player and sometimes it’s not when you think it is.
“But I think it’s a good time to sell Raphinha because the form last year wasn’t as good as his form the previous year and if you’re keeping a player that doesn’t necessarily want to be around, I don’t think we’d have seen the best out of him next season.
“His value would have gone down and selling him now is the right time because they can maximise his value.
“You can’t begrudge a player for wanting to move on and better himself, play in the Champions League and compete for major honours.
“Raphinha’s proven he’s capable of that but now the club has to maximise the deal and get as much money as they can.”
In other Leeds United news, a loan-to-buy deal has been mooted by Phil Hay for the Whites to seal the signing of an international star.