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Leeds given major Raphinha contract lift as pundit explains how agreement can be reached

Raphinha in purple Leeds third kit during Premier League clash v Brighton

Leeds United have been told that the ball is very much in their court over Raphinha and that tying the Brazilian star down to a new deal is not out the question.

The superstar winger is, evidentally, Leeds’ crown jewel. The £17m that director of football Victor Orta paid Rennes in October 2020 is widely regarded as his greatest piece of business. And in the 59 appearances he’s made at Leeds, Raphinha has 15 goals and 12 assists.

That form has, almost single handedly, helped keep Leeds afloat this season in what has been a difficult season. Back-to-back wins over Norwich and Wolves have given Jesse Marsch’s side breathing space in the battle to survive.

However, with a seven-point buffer between themselves and the drop, Leeds still need to get more points on the board to ensure survival.

Following that, the club seemingly faces a huge summer on the transfer front.

Interest in Raphinha has never been higher as a result of his efforts this season.

That form – a goal contribution every 2.1 matches – has, understandably, seen a plethora of clubs linked with moves for Raphinha.

Several clubs keen on Brazilian

Interest in Raphinha from Bayern Munich first emerged around Christmas. Before that, he was already being touted as a target for Liverpool and Manchester United.

Since then, Chelsea have also come into the scene too.

However, the strongest interest of all appears to come from Barcelona. To that end, a report earlier this week claimed Raphinha has already agreed personal terms with Xavi’s side.

Raphinha agrees terms with Barcelona as Leeds exit likely

Raphinha agrees terms with Barcelona as Leeds exit likely

Raphinha is set to leave Leeds United for Barcelona this summer and has agreed terms with the La Liga side

Barcelona, however, are struggling to meet Leeds’ valuation for the 25-year-old. As per Sport, Barca’s opening offer to Leeds is likely to be around the £29.1m mark.

That appears way below what Leeds value their star man at. Indeed, many Leeds fans using the £100m Manchester City paid for Jack Grealish as a yardstick.

Leeds have no need to sell Raphinha, says pundit

However, Leeds would surely demand at least £70m for Raphinha, with his sale not in their best interests.

Furthermore, Barcelona would struggle to raise those sort of funds given their own financial issues.

And, as a result, pundit Alan Hutton insists the future of Raphinha is very much in the hands of Leeds United.

“All the cards are in Leeds’ hands because I don’t think anybody will pay £70million for him,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“They can speak about this next season when it is a problem for Leeds, when they either cash in on him or lose him for a free.

“It’s probably going to be a difficult season coming for him but this is where he has to be professional. Keep his head and just keep on doing what he’s doing best.

“He’ll have to just bide his time and work hard. If he’s not willing to sign a new contract, then that’s fine, that’s his decision.”

Raphinha is currently contracted to Leeds until 2024 and have held positive talks in recent months over extending that arrangement.