An update has emerged on Leeds winger Raphinha, regarding how much his agent believes he is worth.
Deco, the Brazilian’s representative, has claimed that the forward would be worth around €60m (£50m) if a top team in the Premier League came in for him.
When asked about Raphinha’s £28.8m Transfermarkt valuation, Deco stated that he should be worth more than that and then came out with the £50m price tag.
He told UOL, via Sport Witness,
“I don’t know how they do it. I don’t understand Transfermarkt’s evaluations. I think now it should go up.”
“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.”
Leeds fans will surely be fuming with these comments from Deco for multiple reasons. For starters, these quotes open up the door to an exit from Elland Road as the agent is willing to speak about a potential transfer to Manchester City or Liverpool, going as far to say how much a deal could be worth.
Whilst it is an agent’s job to get the best possible move for his client, White fans are unlikely to be pleased with him stirring up speculation outside a transfer window with the Premier League season well underway. The last thing they will want is for Raphinha to become distracted which could ultimately lead to his fine performances dwindling.
Secondly, they will be furious with the £50m valuation. Jack Grealish joined Manchester City for £100m in the summer and Raphinha’s statistics stack up well against the England international. Since the start of last season, Grealish has produced seven goals and 11 assists in 31 Premier League starts, compared to Raphinha’s nine goals and nine assists in 33 starts.
Therefore, the Brazilian, who is two years younger than Grealish, has been able to equal the City man’s goal contribution numbers over the past 14 months or so. That means that Leeds supporters could be angry if he is sold for just half the amount of money as the ex-Aston Villa man was.
Whilst the Elland Road faithful would like to keep hold of their best players, they also don’t want to see stars sold for less than they should be worth in the current market. It would be incredibly poor business by Victor Orta.