By David Woods

1st Mar, 2021 | 8:09am

Phil Hay calls Raphinha transfer 'very odd', comments on buy-out clause

Athletic journalist Phil Hay has claimed that “there are clauses” in Raphinha’s contract at Leeds United. 

However, he said that he’s not aware of a buy-out clause.

Hay also said that the transfer, that saw the attacker join from Rennes, was “very odd” with the French club seemingly happy to offload him below market value.

Raphinha himself said that he felt “devalued” after being sold for £17m, after being told by the club he wouldn’t be sold for less than £52m (€60m).

Raphinha has made a mockery of his £17m price tag since arriving at Leeds and his displays have seen him linked with a move to clubs such as Man United and Liverpool.

That’s led to some concern from Leeds fans who are desperate not to lose him in the summer.

In a recent Q&A on The Athletic, one fan asked, “Do you know if Raphinha has a sell-on clause in his contract? Or a buy out clause?

“It seems ludicrous that Rennes have sold him for that price to us.”

Hay responded saying, “There are clauses in it. It was £17m plus add-ons but I’m not aware of a buy-out clause.

“You’re right about Rennes. I can’t understand their thinking at all. They seemed happy to take what they could get for him and essentially cover the cost of what they paid to Sporting CP. Very odd.”

One big bargain

It would be interesting to know what the clauses are in Raphinha’s contract but it’s a relief to hear that Hay doesn’t think he has a release clause.

That’s not been officially confirmed, though, and Raphinha obviously felt that he was worth more than the £17m Rennes took for him.

A sell-on clause wouldn’t be ideal but it does seem that Rennes didn’t think that highly of the player.

There will be lots of speculation linking him with a move to a bigger club this summer and it will represent a test of Andrea Radrizzani’s resolve and ambition.

Leeds fans are aware that every player has a price but at the same time they won’t want to be seen as a selling club.

Radrizzani’s ambitions are in the top-six of the Premier League and in Europe.

That will mean holding onto the club’s best players or demanding a price for a player like Raphinha that would enable Leeds to improve on the pitch.

That would still be a hard sell for Leeds fans, who have already fallen in love with the winger.

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