By Joe Ellis

16th Jun, 2022 | 7:10pm

Leeds United: Raphinha could give up contract clause to force Elland Road exit

Leeds United winger Raphinha may be prepared to give up his sell-on clause to force a move away from Elland Road, according to SPORT.

Barcelona are the primary club in the race to sign the 25-year-old and would have been willing to pay his £20million relegation release clause but the Whites stayed up on the final day to ensure they could keep their asking price much higher.

But that £55million asking price currently on the Brazilian’s head could be revised lower with no sign that he would be willing to pen a new deal in Yorkshire due to the Catalan’s interest.

Also in Raphinha’s contract is a sell-on clause that would entitle him to a percentage of whatever transfer fee Leeds receives for his services but with Barcelona in such financial trouble, they are struggling to meet the demands.

The player is now prepared to waiver this clause in his contract if the club agree to lower his asking price into the range in which the La Liga giants could afford to allow the transfer to occur.

Be reasonable

Raphinha has been excellent for us ever since we returned to the Premier League and you could easily suggest that without his star talent, we might be preparing for a campaign in the second tier right now.

He almost certainly deserves to play for a team that is competing at a far higher level than ours and even though we will be worse off without him, we can’t afford to be overly stubborn and end up breaking the trust between club and player.

You can completely understand his desire to play for Barcelona and learn from Xavi, one of the all-time greats, and the fact that he is willing to forego what could be a substantial amount of cash for the move to happen shows how much of a football purist he is.

Victor Orta needs to be reasonable with the Spanish side because there is a value which would satisfy both ourselves and them if the two entities just communicate that little bit more and get Raphinha the big move he thoroughly deserves.

In other Leeds United news, one of our Premier League rivals have had to pull out of the race to sign this player as we are asking for too much money compared to their summer budget.