Scott Minto: Leeds United winger Raphinha should stay at Leeds to increase World Cup chances
Leeds United winger Raphinha has been urged to stay at Elland Road by talkSPORT pundit Scott Minto in order to increase his chances of featuring for Brazil at the World Cup in Qatar.
The 25-year-old has been subject to intense interest of late with The Athletic [21 June] reporting that Arsenal have submitted a bid for the Brazilian.
The website also suggested that the bid was below Leeds’ valuation of the Brazilian.
Despite speculation, Minto believes the winger should stay in Yorkshire to ensure he features for Brazil at the upcoming World Cup.
Talking on talkSPORT on Wednesday 22 June, Minto said: “If I were him I’d be thinking absolutely short-term, I’d be thinking World Cup.
“I’d be thinking I can make myself an absolute legend in my country so what’s the best place for me to be next season.
“If the Brazil boss says he can be in the team if he’s at Leeds, I’d stay.
“My initial thinking right now would be how do I get into that Brazil team and make myself a legend so where should I be next season, not in three, four, five.”
Wouldn’t it be great to see Raphinha lining up in a Leeds shirt for the first game of the season against Wolves at Elland Road?
However, even the most optimistic of Whites fans will have to accept it is an unlikely outcome.
Minto may well be right in urging the winger to stay to boost his World Cup hopes because ultimately he will feature regularly and most probably make an impact.
But there is a big question around Raphinha’s contract and whether the Whites can afford to allow another year to pass on his current deal.
With his current deal expiring in the summer of 2024, his valuation would likely halve next summer and could lose the Whites a considerable amount of money.
If Leeds can generate a fee of over £60million for the 25-year-old then surely the club hierarchy has to cash in?
Jesse Marsch has shown he likes to move quickly in the transfer market the American could well turn Leeds into a far better team with that kind of money at his disposal.
In other Leeds United news, one Brazilian football expert has delivered an intriguing suggestion for the 25-year-old’s short term future.