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Leeds United: Beren Cross drops positive Raphinha contract update

LeedsLive reporter Beren Cross has delivered a hugely exciting update on the future of Raphinha at Leeds United…

What’s the word?

During a recent online Q&A with supporters, the ever-reliable journalist was asked about the Brazilian’s situation amid reported interest from some of Europe’s elite, including Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and top-flight rivals Liverpool.

“Contract talks between Leeds and Deco, Raphinha’s agent, are ongoing. There is confidence a deal can be struck and the Brazilian will move onto terms which accurately reflect his status at the club and in the league,” he replied.

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“Raphinha is not making life difficult for anyone in any way around this deal. Naturally, I cannot predict the future or what Raphinha’s camp may choose to do, but the noises are positive and it would suit all parties to sign a new deal and secure his value.

“Evidently, there is going to be plenty of interest in him this summer, whether he signs a new contract or not. It will be two full seasons under his belt and clubs will feel they can tempt him away after proving himself at this level in a new country.

“Leeds will of course only sell at the price they are happy with. Whether that’s in the summer, next January or summer 2023 remains to be seen.

“Do not overlook what the World Cup may do to his value if he’s still a Leeds player by then.”

Huge boost

This is hugely exciting news for both the Elland Road faithful and manager Marcelo Bielsa, even more so if they can keep hold of him past the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar next winter.

There is no denying that the 25-year-old is set for a huge future at a big club sooner or later. He has been in electric form this season and has often carried Leeds’ blushes.

Indeed, he is their top goalscorer this season with eight goals and he also leads the way for creativity, managing one assist and an average of 1.8 key passes per game, via WhoScored.

The Yorkshire giants may be eight points clear of the relegation zone, a little over halfway into the season, but they are by no means safe from a dogfight, especially as the two teams directly below them have either one or two games in hand.

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Keeping hold of Bielsa’s star man will surely delight everyone concerned with the club and it is even more encouraging to learn that the Whites’ hierarchy are close to tying him down to a new contract.

That will either make it harder for the five-time Brazil international to move on, unless there is a release clause, or it will bolster United’s power in any future negotiations and thus help their chances of making a substantial return on their £17m investment in 2020.

Already valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, Raphinha is an integral part of Leeds’ plans in 2022 and it seems that, following Cross’ claim, the club are much closer to sealing his signature once again.

AND in other news, Leeds United eyeing Pierre-Michel Lasogga 2.0

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