Leeds United are set for a huge boost in the coming weeks with reports claiming that Raphinha is set to sign a new contract at Elland Road.
Reports back in the January transfer window suggested that fellow Premier League side West Ham were keen on signing the Brazil international, but Football Insider have now claimed that there is confidence behind the scenes at Thorp Arch of the winger actually staying put for the foreseeable future.
The report added: “Leeds United are confident of securing Raphinha to a ‘huge’ new contract that will make him the club’s best-paid player. A Leeds source has told Football Insider that a deal could be signed within weeks.
“Raphinha’s current deal is due to expire in June 2024 and United are keen to hand him a pay rise to reward him for his performances over the last two seasons.
“They are increasingly confident of now doing so following a breakthrough in negotiations with the player’s camp. A new contract for Raphinha would be “huge”, the source explained, and see him catapult above club-record signing Rodrigo to become the best paid player at Elland Road.”
Speaking recently, former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell admitted that he couldn’t see Raphinha staying at Elland Road in the long-term.
He said: “His stock is rising all of the time. Let’s not forget, there was already some interest in him last summer. Whether you like it or not, Leeds are not where they were 20 years ago. They are not what they once were.
“If one of the big boys comes in for him, Leeds will sell. They will sell. I think it is just a matter of time. I cannot see him being a Leeds player at the beginning of next season. If he continues to perform like this he will be gone.”
However, if the Yorkshire club are intent on making progress and eventually closing the gap to the Premier League’s ‘big six’, pushing for a potential European spot too, keeping the likes of Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips will be crucial to achieving that objective.
It has now become imperative for Radrizzani to put his money where his mouth is and show his star players and the fans as a whole that he wants this club to take that all-important next step.
One big statement to the club’s fans would be getting Raphinha to sign on the dotted line, and it’s exactly why this latest update is sure to have fans buzzing.