Leeds United are unlikely to sell Raphinha this summer, even if he does not sign a new contract with the club.
According to Mirror journalist James Nursery, Los Blancos might sell the Brazilian after the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Once the tournament begins, it will be the January transfer window and that’s when he expects a sale.
Via his personal Twitter accounthe wrote: “Raphinha, even though he hasn’t signed a new contract, I’m not sure Leeds will sell him this summer.
“They would like to keep him ideally, but if he still doesn’t sign new terms, a sale in January 2023 after the Winter World Cup with Brazil is most likely from what I’ve heard.”
If Raphinha doesn’t sign a new contract, chances are he will be sold in the next two windows.
However, we believe he will put pen to paper for a new deal with Leeds and possibly demand that a release clause be included in it.
This would mean he would hold the cards to his future if a team matched his valuation.
Chelsea and Liverpool would certainly be able to afford that buyout clause, so we don’t think it would hurt Los Blancos in any way.
However, this will mean that if he does have a big World Cup, even though his value will increase, Leeds won’t be able to demand a bigger transfer fee.
It’s just something they’ll have to deal with if it means Raphinha stays another 12 months.
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