By George Overhill

12th Jan, 2022 | 4:46pm

Raphinha looks likely to sign new contract at Leeds United - Beren Cross

Raphinha is “not making life difficult for anyone” and seems likely to sign a new Leeds United contract, according to Beren Cross at Leeds Live.

Contract talks are reportedly still ongoing between the club and his agent, the former Chelsea and Barcelona star Deco, but the suggestion is that an agreement can be reached.

Interest is thought to be high in the Brazilian star and a new deal on improved terms is in everyone’s interest according to the journalist.

Responding to a question on a Leeds Live Q&A, Cross wrote: “There is confidence a deal can be struck and the Brazilian will move onto terms which accurately reflect his status at the club and in the league.

“Naturally, I cannot predict the future or what Raphinha’s camp may choose to do, but the noises are positive and I think it would suit all parties to sign a new deal and secure his value.

“Leeds will of course only sell at the price they are happy with. Whether that’s in the summer, next January or summer 2023 remains to be seen.”

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The news should come as a boost to Leeds fans who have been fearing the star winger may be headed for the Elland Road exit in the near-future.

If that had been during the current transfer window it could have spelled disaster for The Whites who are already suffering from an incredible injury crisis, particularly among their attacking forces.

While that eventuality is reportedly (Here We Go podcast) unlikely, a summer departure could still be on the cards.

The 25-year-old’s current contract runs out in 2024 and is believed to be of interest to Bayern Munich and Liverpool.

Although a new contract that more accurately reflects his importance in Marcelo Bielsa’s side should protect the club against losing him for a relative cut-price, it does not rule out a transfer entirely.

With the calibre of clubs thought to be looking at the former Rennes man, increased terms are unlikely to price them out of the market, but a new deal should at least mean United are able to get true value if a transfer does become inevitable.

If Raphinha remains for the rest of the season and is able to help secure Premier League status then is sold, for a significant fee that can be reinvested into the squad, at some point over the next couple of seasons the result of a better deal now might be satisfactory for all involved.

In other Leeds United news, a PL rival have been urged to sign this Whites star.