In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Dean Windass has admitted that Raphinha’s future at Leeds could depend on whether manager Marcelo Bielsa remains at Elland Road.
The Brazilian has taken the Premier League by storm this term, scoring five goals, three of which from outside the box, whilst laying on five assists for his Whites teammates since making the switch from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes last summer.
His form has led to interest from both Manchester United and Liverpool, according to a report by SportItalia – with the North West giants set to battle it out for his signature.
Raphinha cost Leeds around £17-million from the French outfit back in October, and Windass reckons that if Whites boss Bielsa opts against extending his stay at Elland Road, then someone will pay treble that amount for the attacker.
Windass told FFC:
“There was a lot of talk, Jamie Redknapp was going on about him, and Graeme Souness was saying that there was a lot of big clubs looking at him. For me, that’ll be the decision – if Bielsa stays. If Bielsa goes, someone will pay £50-60million for the boy.
“He has got an unbelievable talent. He’s a flare player. He likes to entertain. He’s a great left foot, he can cross balls, he can score goals, it’ll be interesting to see how many assists he has got this year.
“So the question will be if the manager stays, can he keep him? Then, if the manager stays, the manager will go, I want him, I want him, I want him all on contracts – I don’t want him, I don’t want him, I don’t want him, I want them out. And that’s what will happen.”
I think Windass could be onto something here. Raphinha has been one of the standout players in the Premier League this season, so can you imagine how good he might be in a Champions League side?
However, whilst this might result in Leeds losing one of their best players, for a side that have recently been promoted, £50-million could go some way to helping the Yorkshire outfit improve their squad massively.