Leeds Have Ruled Out Selling Raphinha This Month And Plan To Hold A Second Round Of Contract Talks With Him

Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta held two meetings with Raphinha’s agent Deco before Christmas and he was the club’s guest at the Arsenal game at Elland Road on December 18.

Leeds were encouraged by the positive tone of those conversations and Orta wants to sit down again with Deco.

Leeds want to reward Raphinha for his success and are relaxed about the negotiations because the Samba star is under contract at Elland Road until 2025.

They are not interested in selling Raphinha, who cost a bargain £17million from Rennes in October 2020, this month, despite his rising transfer value, and feel his long-term future remains with them.

He also scored six goals and made nine assists last season and helped Brazil qualify for this year’s World Cup.

He is settled in Yorkshire and he is planning to marry his partner, who has joined him in England.

Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester City are tracking Raphinha, but Leeds have not received any approaches for him.

Leeds also plan to open contract talks with Adam Forshaw and the midfielder’s current agreement ends in June.

Forshaw has been a revelation since he returned this season after nearly two years out with a hip problem and boss Marcelo Bielsa wants him to remain at Leeds beyond this summer.

Bielsa admits he is surprised by how well Forshaw has performed in the Premier League and feels he deserves a new deal at Elland Road.

Despite Forshaw’s impressive form, Leeds hope to sign at least one midfielder this month.

England star Kalvin Phillips has been ruled out until March because of his hamstring surgery and Bielsa knows he is short of players in the middle of the park.

It is understood their hitlist does not include Chelsea ’s Ross Barkley, who enjoyed a loan spell at Elland Road earlier in his career.

Blackburn sensation Ben Brereton Diaz is also not under consideration, nor is Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara.

Leeds have looked at Manchester United-target Kamara previously, but they are not currently trying to sign the midfielder this month.

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