Raphinha worth £80m to Leeds United amid 'laughable' transfer update - pundit
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Paul Robinson has laughed off a claim that in-form Leeds United winger Raphinha is only valued at £40million.
However, Robinson is having none of that, suggesting that Raphinha is worth at least £80million to Leeds.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, the former goalkeeper said: “He’s worth double that. He’s worth double £40million, without a doubt.
“You see every week that it’s not what Raphinha gives you on the ball but it’s also what he gives you off the ball as well. He’s a top-quality player and I’ve got no doubt he’d fit in with a top-four club in this country or any other league in Europe.
“£40million would be a huge undersell and I don’t think Leeds would come to the table for any bid. But it would have to begin with an eight, at least, to tempt Leeds.
“He’s the best player at the club alongside Kalvin Phillips and to replace him would cost you double £40million.
“I’ve said this before but a player is worth what a team wants to buy him for.
“If you look at Manchester City, Nathan Ake was a £40million defender. If Leeds are trying to sign Nathan Ake then I’d suspect he’s a £15million or £20million defender.
“It’s all relative to the team that wants to buy the player but we don’t know who’s at the table to buy Raphinha.
“£40million is laughable.”
Raphinha has easily been Leeds’ best player this season, scoring five goals in 10 Premier League appearances while also playing a role in Brazil’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup.
He is contracted to the Whites until 2024, meaning he’ll enter the final 24 months of his deal at the end of this season.
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