By Daniel Feliciano

28th Jan, 2022 | 10:30pm

'No chance' that Leeds sell Raphinha to West Ham before deadline - Gianluigi Longari

Leeds will not sell Raphinha to West Ham before the transfer deadline on Monday, with Gianluigi Longari claiming there is ‘no chance’ of a deal happening.

The Hammers made their interest in Leeds’ star man known on Friday [Jan 28], with 90min reporting that a bid was being readied.

It was claimed that it would take a ‘substantial offer‘ for the Whites to even entertain a deal, but Longari has now claimed that there is ‘no chance’ of a deal happening during this window.

Longari, tweeting on his personal account, claimed that the 25-year-old forward has been in talks over a new deal at Elland Road for weeks and that there are lots of clubs interested in a move for the Brazilian in the summer.

Raphinha is currently on international duty with Brazil and won’t be in the country before the transfer deadline passes on Monday night at 11pm.

Firm

Leeds have been very firm in their stance on Raphinha throughout the entire January window and it isn’t going to change in the final days.

At one point it looked like he was off to Bayern Munich, but those noises quickly went away and he has been his excellent self ever since.

He is the only Leeds player with more than four goals this season and with their precarious league position, the club need him to be part of the squad to have a chance of survival. Even his own teammates have described him as ‘amazing‘ this season.

As for West Ham, it’s no surprise that they’re interested. Who isn’t? This was their attempt to get ahead of the pack by moving in late in the window and six months early.

When the summer comes around and the big boys start sniffing around Raphinha, they’re likely to have no chance and he’s likely to cost a lot more than they’re willing to pay.

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