Simon Jordan: Leeds United must get maximum amount of money for prized assets
Simon Jordan believes Leeds United must play hard to get when it comes to any potential interest in their star men this summer.
The Daily Mail reported on Monday 20 June that Arsenal are planning a £50million bid for the 25-year-old winger Raphinha.
Whilst it was reported by The Sun on 18 June, that Manchester City are set to hold direct talks with Kalvin Phillips ahead of a potential summer move
However, Jordan believes the Whites must hold out for as much as possible for their most prized assets.
Talking on talkSPORT White&Jordan on Tuesday 21 June, Jordan said: “What you want to be able to achieve is the maximum amount of money.
“You’ve got to pay top money so that Leeds United can kick on and regain their poise.
“Leeds are a work in progress.”
He added: “They have the ability to really kick on, they’ve spent 16 years out of the Premier League, they’re rebuilding and you’re not going to catch Arsenal and Manchester City in any short order.
“The tragedy of that is that you’re in a sort of flux, unless the owner says, ‘lights on I’m going to burn cash and chase these guys’, which I don’t think he’s going to do.”
Hard to disagree
Raphinha has been one of the most sought-after players in Europe this summer and it will be extremely unlikely to see the winger feature in a white shirt next season.
Phillips has been a stalwart at Elland Road and at 26, looks set to move on in search of Champions League football.
Both players have been invaluable for Leeds over recent years, but it is imperative that Jesse Marsch is given the best chance of reinvesting any potential transfer fees back into his squad.
Raphinha’s attacking output and threat was invaluable in keeping the Whites in the Premier League so regardless of his contract situation, the club hierarchy must ensure they secure the best deal if he does depart.
£50million for a regular Brazilian international in the prime of his career with a wealth of Premier League experience does seem on the low side.
It is hard to begrudge Raphinha and Phillips if they do want to move on this summer.
A footballer’s career is short and they both need to test themselves at the top level of club football before it is too late.