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Leeds United: Joe Donnohue drops promising Raphinha claim

Leeds United will not part ways with Raphinha for less than £51m this January.

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That’s according to a claim made by Leeds Live journalist Joe Donnohue, who stated in a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT that Victor Orta will not contemplate selling the 24-year-old winger unless an offer is submitted that amounts to three times the £17m fee the Brazil international cost the Whites back in October of last year.

A number of reports have linked the forward with a move away from Elland Road over the course of the last year, with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea all being touted as potential suitors for the former Stade Rennais man.

However, when discussing how much Raphinha would cost to sign, Donnohue said: “I think you’re looking at at least three times the figure they paid if he were to be sold. It would depend on the timing that he’d be sold. I think you’re looking at, at the very minimum, three times that £17m figure.”

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Fans will be buzzing

Considering just how impressive Raphinha has been since his arrival at the club, the news that Leeds do not look likely to sanction the sale of the winger for anything less than £51m – a fee which it would be difficult to see a club splashing out on the 24-year-old, particularly in January – is sure to have left fans buzzing.

Indeed, over his 30 Premier League appearances last season, the €40m-rated (£34m-rated) man scored six goals, registered nine assists and created a whopping 12 big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.2 shots and making 2.2 key passes per game.

These returns saw the player who Alan Hutton dubbed a “nightmare” earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.14, ranking him as Marcelo Bielsa’s third-best performer in the top flight.

The £58k-per-week winger has continued this form over his 10 Premier League fixtures so far this season, having already bagged five goals and created three big chances for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 2.2 key passes and taking 3.5 shots per match.

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These metrics have seen the Brazilian average a SofaScore match rating of 7.26, ranking him as the 30th-best player in the entirety of the division, as well as Leeds’ best.

As such, the fact that it appears as if Raphinha will remain at Elland Road beyond the January transfer window is undoubtedly fantastic for the club, as it very much seems the winger will be at the centre of any success the Whites go on to achieve in the current campaign.

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