Leeds United must get every penny they can for exit-linked Raphinha - Phil Hay
Leeds United need to have a plan in place for when Raphinha leaves Elland Road, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
Raphinha, 24, has been in sensational form this season, scoring four goals in nine Premier League games as well as netted twice in his first three caps for Brazil in the last international break.
Understandably, the winger’s form has led to increased speculation surrounding his future at Elland Road and Hay hopes Leeds can get whatever money they can for him when a club comes in with an offer.
“More and more, I think to myself what Leeds have to do in managing and handling him to make sure if the day comes where they feel compelled to sell, they do it on their terms and they maximise his value,” said Hay on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show podcast.
“They really should – they should really eke out every single penny. Every club should for a player like that and they should also 100 per cent know what they’re going to do with the cash when it lands.
“That needs to go on in the background, as it should with any player, in the same way Aston Villa did with Jack Grealish.
“You have to think like that.”
New contract first
Raphinha will enter the final two years of his contract at Elland Road next summer and that puts Leeds in an awkward position.
In order to get big money for the Brazilian, they’ll either need to sell him on within the next 12 months or ensure he signs a new contract.
Otherwise, once the summer of 2023 rolls around, clubs will make lowball bids for a player who Leeds will know they could lose for free in a year’s time.
Clubs are starting to queue up to sign the former Rennes winger.
According to TeamTalk, Raphinha’s Brazil teammate Neymar has had words with the Paris Saint-Germain hierarchy about the Leeds star and the Ligue 1 giants are keen on him.
Liverpool have also been linked with the attacker, who Paul Robinson dubbed “world-class” in a recent interview with MOT Leeds News.
Hay’s comparison to Aston Villa’s mega-money sale of Grealish to Manchester City in the summer is relevant.
Villa got a lot of money for their academy product and while Leeds might not get as much for Raphinha as he’s not as established in England, the Yorkshire club should still be receiving a record sum for the attacking star.
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