By Craig Scott

3rd Jan, 2022 | 6:40am

Leeds United told to enter Raphinha talks by BBC pundit amid transfer speculation

Nigel Reo-Coker admits “money talks” when discussing Raphinha’s future at Leeds United amid transfer speculation surrounding the Brazil international.

On 24 December, Brazilian news outlet TNT Sports tweeted that Raphinha, 25, will join Bayern Munich in the January transfer window.

Sky Sports Italy’s Fabrizio Romano then added on 28 December that while “it’s true” that Bayern on keen on the Leeds winger, no deal has been agreed.

Ex-Bolton and Aston Villa midfielder Reo-Coker now says that Leeds need to hold crunch talks with Raphinha in order to keep him on at Elland Road.

“Football has changed from when I played and there was a bit more loyalty, football is a business now and money talks. We don’t know what Leeds bosses are thinking about their plan for Raphinha,” said Reo-Coker on BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday, as quoted on BBC Sport’s website.

“It’s a very difficult time to lose someone of Raphinha’s quality, but they’ll have to speak to him and make promises to him to make him happy.”

New contract, please

Raphinha will enter the final two years of his contract at Leeds once this season is over, which means that he really needs to sign a new deal.

If we allow that contract to continue to run down, it means he could soon be in the final year or year-and-a-half and his transfer value will drop.

Leeds have two options when it comes to the Brazilian. Either sell him in the summer in order to gain a lot of money and make serious improvements to numerous areas of the squad.

Or they could get him to sign a new deal, which is what Reo-Coker is suggesting.

We’re not sure what Leeds could promise Raphinha that would keep him on at Elland Road because he’s someone who’s good enough to play at a Champions League club and challenge regularly for silverware.

Unfortunately, based on the evidence of this season, Leeds are some way off being able to promise that to anyone.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to sign this “fantastic” French midfielder in January with him set to quit his club.