By George Overhill

23rd Mar, 2022 | 7:10am

Raphinha has no buy-out clause in Leeds United contract, £29million nowhere near asking price

Raphinha does not have a buy-out clause in his Leeds United contract and no official bid has yet been made by Barcelona reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Speculation is rife that a move to the Camp Nou is imminent for the Brazilian winger, with various prices quoted to be what it would cost for the Catalan giants to pay a release clause, but Graham Smyth reports £29million is nowhere near what it will require.

Marca have said the 25-year-old’s market value is €40million, while AS reports an €80million release clause with speculation it could be lowered to €35million, but neither are apparently accurate and the ball remains in United’s court.

Smyth writes in the YEP: “Barcelona have been linked with a £29m move for the Brazil winger but the YEP understands that there is no buy-out clause in his current contract, which runs until 2024, and it would take significantly more than that to prise him out of Elland Road.

“It has not been confirmed if the contract has a relegation clause but in the eventuality that the Whites – currently seven points clear of the drop zone – fell back into the Championship then he is one of a number who would certainly need to depart to help balance the books.

“Leeds are well aware of the Spanish club’s interest but are yet to receive any form of official bid.”

Hardball

If the Whites star has to leave then it is reassuring that it cannot be on the cheap, assuming relegation is avoided.

The disaster of a drop from the Premier League would surpass anything that could happen on this individual transfer.

And the former Rennes man would not be the only big name out the door in that case.

But after two dramatic wins, the chances of Jesse Marsch keeping the club in the top flight have increased.

So that should afford Victor Orta the security to negotiate a fair price for Raphinha if he has to leave the club.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that he stays, with previous suitor Chelsea apparently off the table at present amid a potential club sale.

And AS suggests that a central striker is top of Barcelona’s list of priorities, while Wolves winger Adama Traore is currently on loan with the Blaugrana and may be turned to before the Whites man.

Top level teams will continue knocking on the door for as long as he remains at Elland Road, but at least the club should be able to drive a hard bargain.

In other Leeds United news, major developments on the future of the club’s midfield star Kalvin Phillips have been reported by The Times.