An agent has told interested clubs what they can expect to pay for Leeds United winger Raphinha, as Chelsea’s name were thrown into his long list of suitors.
The Brazil star continues to build on his burgeoning reputation with Leeds this season. Three goals in seven Premier League appearances have shot the 24-year-old on to the international stage. He was called up by Brazil recently for their triple header with Venezuela, Colombia and Uruguay and did not disappoint.
Raphinha was a half-time sub against Venezuela and provided two assists. He then got a half-hour run-out against Colombia before starting against Uruguay and scoring twice.
That will have already impacted his value and his agent has already hinted that his man may well be looking to move on.
“He’s young, he has many challenges ahead. There are certainly several clubs that like him, and Liverpool do like him. There were surveys, but nothing official. Leeds wanted to keep him for another season,” Deco told Globo Esporte.
Now Deco has spoken out once again on his client’s future.
This time, the former Chelsea player has stuck an apparent price on Raphinha’s head were Leeds to sell him next summer.
In doing so, he’s also questioned the website Transfermarkt’s valuation of €32m on the 24-year-old star.
“I don’t know how they do it. To be honest, I don’t understand Transfermarkt’s evaluations,” Deco told UOL. “I think now it should go up.”
Meanwhile, another Brazilian agent Eduardo Uram reckons Raphinha would fetch just over £50m in the modern market.
“I think today he’s worth more than €32m. What will determine the price is the level of the club that signs him. If it’s Manchester United, City, Liverpool, Chelsea, the price could reach around €60m. What determines the price of a player is the market he hits.”
Paddy Kenny tips Raphinha to leave
Meanwhile, the whispers over Raphinha’s future being away from Leeds are seemingly growing louder by the day.
And Paddy Kenny, speaking to Football Insider, believes his heroics with Brazil will only increase interest in the winger.
“Listen, once you’re in that international eye, obviously at club level people know what he’s doing.
“But I think if he can go out there and produce for Brazil and get a regular spot in their team, then there’s doubt.
“No disrespect to Leeds but there will be some big, big clubs challenging for trophies, year in, year out, that will be interested in him. I’m sure of that.”
Raphinha has nine goals and has a further nine assists in 38 appearances for Leeds to date, meaning he has a goal involvement every 2.1 games.