Selling Raphinha this January would be suicidal

27 Dec 2021 08:56 am, by Ellandback1

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Selling Raphinha this January would be suicidal

Social media erupted over Christmas with rumours of a Raphinha move to Bayern Munich. TNT Sports Brasil broke a story on Christmas Eve that the Brazilian winger was set to join the German giants this January for a sum in the region of £40 million, but the Yorkshire Evening Post understands Bayern Munich are yet to make any interest known to Leeds. The 25-year-old's contract is due to run until June 2024 but talks are ongoing over an improved deal at Elland Road. Raphinha's agent, former Portugal international Deco, attended the Arsenal game on 18th December.

Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani has made it clear that Leeds may need to sell their top talent if they are to build for the future and interest in Raphinha from top clubs is not surprising given how he has caught the eye over the last eighteen months. But a January sale, given the position Leeds are in, would be suicidal. Leeds have only managed 18 league goals this season, with 8 of those coming from their Brazilian winger. We know Marcelo Bielsa needs reinforcements, especially in the middle of midfield, but selling Raphinha to fund any investment would be a false economy.

Would you hold on to Raphinha this January or cash in and bring in two or three players for the survival scrap? Is £40 million far too low for a player of Raphinha’s undoubted quality and potential?

Could match postponements be a blessing in disguise for Leeds?

Leeds United have confirmed their next home Premier League game against Aston Villa on Tuesday 28th December 2021 has been postponed. Whilst there have been no new Covid-19 cases in the playing squad, the majority of the players who tested positive prior to the Liverpool game are not yet out of isolation. Therefore, Leeds still do not have enough recognised first-team players to meet the Premier League requirements for the fixture. Whilst it’s frustrating for the fans not to have any football over the festive period, could the postponement be a blessing in disguise?

Leeds have well publicised injury problems, but have been given special dispensation for their injured players to attend the training ground for treatment despite a temporary closure of Thorp Arch. With no games until the Premier League fixture against Burnley on 2nd January and the FA Cup fixture against West Ham the following week, is there the prospect of some of the injured players returning ahead of the next fixture? Liam Cooper and Kalvin Phillips are longer term absentees, but Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo, Pascal Struijk, Jack Harrison and Dan James have more minor problems and could be back in contention for the Burnley game.

Double standards going unnoticed

A recent article in the Times disclosed that all 82 members of the Leeds Utd staff have been inoculated against Covid 19. The list is not exclusive to the players and coaches, even the tea lady at the canteen has had her jabs. Whilst Leeds Utd have shown the utmost responsibility, what about the clubs who haven't? Many top flight teams have less than 50% of their squad immunised, yet they are still afforded the luxury of having their games postponed, due to covid outbreaks! If the clubs can't help themselves by getting their players vaccinated, why should the league bail them out?

Everton's Boxing Day clash at Turfmoor was postponed, not just because of Covid, but injuries too. In a statement Rafa Benitez claimed 'it was unfair as he had six injuries and five players down with Covid, and the League agreed! He didn't mention that he has a squad of 28 players. They concluded that the club will not be able to fulfil their fixture this weekend as a result of an insufficient number of players available to play due to Covid and injuries. The Premier League only grants a postponement if a club has fewer than 14 players - 13 outfield players and one goalkeeper - available, with the board examining requests on a case-by-case basis.

Marcelo Bielsa is a man of principle and would not dream of trying to use the rule book to Leeds advantage, even though the rest of the top flight are far less scrupulous.

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John in Louisiana wrote on 27 Dec 2021 04:56 pm

Selling any first-teamer in this window would mean we're preparing to be relegated, and everyone - Radrizzani, the 49ers, the players, the fans - has too much invested, emotionally and financially, not to do everything possible to avoid that fate. There is no amount of money anyone would be willing to pay for any player, or combination of players, that would mitigate the cost of going down. Even selling Raphinha and Kalvin both.

The summer is a different story as a hundred-twenty million pounds or so could possibly be used to bring in a number of quality players.

Selling now, however, would be insane, and I don't think Radrizzani is insane. Now if Cellino were still in charge........

Leeds1000 wrote on 27 Dec 2021 04:16 pm

Selling Raphinha this January would be suicidal.

Does his value decrease if we go down? It shouldn't but will Radz panic. If we stay up it will largely be down to Raph so his value should reflect that to us. I do think when a decent offer of £50m+ comes in from a CL team he will want to leave and who can blame him really. Its a short career for our current Brazilian International.

Could match postponements be a blessing in disguise for Leeds?

Not sure who is due back when from injury but we do no Phillips is out for a while yet and he makes all the difference. I still think even with a full squad we lose at Liverpool. Most teams do.

Double standards going unnoticed.

Who's standards? Ours for being jabbed and still having a Covid outbreak, or other teams who are in the same boat? You could argue for us it was a mistake going ahead with the Arsenal game. Do we think Arsenal have stopped testing?

weasel wrote on 27 Dec 2021 04:13 pm

Muppet the Cat wrote: Mon Dec 27, 2021 10:29 am I’m not sure that he signing improved terms makes him any more or less likely to leave. What it does do, however is put the club in a stronger negotiating position in terms of getting a better deal in terms of transfer fee.
I would imagine any contract extension would see a written or verbal agreement that we would let him leave if certain clubs were interested or if an offer over a certain amount was agreed. It would be win win as Raphina would get another raise and also the opportunity to leave and we'd be able to effectively set the asking price and likely have the contract extended by a year or two to give us more protection.

Byebyegeegee wrote on 27 Dec 2021 01:36 pm

Lumiukko wrote: Mon Dec 27, 2021 12:09 pm Photo is from last season. Note the strip has blue detail on it instead of yellow. (Pedantic mode off).

That aside, he has looked frustrated in a couple of recent matches, but as a true pro with high standards, I'm not surprised.
You’re quite right I failed to notice the trim. No problem with pedantry where appropriate Lumi 👍🏻

mentalcase wrote on 27 Dec 2021 12:34 pm

Photo not from this season, think it's after the derby game in championship.
Anyhow, I think we're all agreed he'll go, it's a case of when, along with other top talent leaving us with an ageing team and others not fit for this league, like has been said, we ought to be building a team around the talent, not selling them, thought Bielsa says he won't bring in anyone not better than we already have, are getting Messi in exchange !!!!
Said months ago, if the players haven't had all their jabs they shouldn't be able to play, leave them out, but, we all know the PL won't agree to that sensible approach. embarrassing the big boys.