Raphinha's Leeds United transfer timescale, new contract and January target positions

By Beren Cross

Liz10: “Have we money to spend in January or does FFP (financial fair play) prevent us from signing players?”

BC: “I read the report around the FFP issues, but it's not something I've come across myself. Kieran Maguire, a very well regarded expert in football finances, put something some research in November on how much each club had to spend in January and he calculated Leeds United had up to £99m to spend before running into FFP issues.

“If there were monetary issues, one of the modern trends with permanent transfers is to now declare a permanent signing, when the small print might say the first year of the deal is technically a loan before becoming permanent in year two of the contract.”

Tozzy: “My understanding from reading a lot yesterday is that we can safely spend £15m in line with FFP during this transfer window.

“The thing is, although everyone is understandably wanting and expecting signings, where do they expect a player, or players worth that sort of money, to appear from?

“It isn’t as though players are stacking up at the door wanting to play for us at the moment is it?”

BC: “This is the problem. While the fans and the club would like to strengthen, getting it done in January is difficult.

“It's a challenging market, most clubs agree, though Aston Villa have put on a very impressive show up to now.

“At the risk of channelling Marcelo Bielsa, available players tend to be rusty and out of shape and the players Leeds want are likely to be playing for their clubs and thus not on the 'for sale' list.

“It's a short window which requires a lot of moving parts to pull together in the right direction to get a deal done.”

F_Wilson6: “I know the emphasis of these questions will be on this window, but does it seem the club are more focused on the summer, where there is a possibility there will be a new man in charge?”

BC: “I wouldn't say more focused on the summer because their focus is on January right now. Victor Orta wants to strengthen at Elland Road this month, as hard as that may be.

Kris Moore is pictured with Victor Orta after signing his first professional contract in January 2022 (Leeds United)

“The board will always have one eye on the future though and will know there always has to be an element of doubt around Bielsa's future because of his contract situation.

“They will have contingencies in place for how they want the squad to look when he does ultimately move on.”

CraigMillward: “We seem to be moving on from rumours Raphinha is going to sign a new contract to suggestions he is looking beyond Leeds in the short to medium term.

“It’s hardly a surprise given the way this season is unfolding. Do you think we'll be cashing him in this summer or is there still a possibility Raphinha will sign a contract extension?”

BC: “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.

“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.”

Mark1967: “What positions do you think we need strengthening? I really think apart from a creative midfield player I would like to see a striker brought in.

“I worry about Patrick Bamford breaking down again and gambling on Joe Gelhardt, with little experience, is a big risk.”

BC: “I put a piece together the other week on the state of play across all positions in the squad and I came to the conclusion central midfield (like every man and his dog) as well as a left-back may be prudent investments.

“The dearth of central additions has been well documented since Adam Forshaw's arrival in 2018. While left-back does look like a very shallow position.

“If Junior Firpo is missing, then Stuart Dallas, one of the few options in the middle and at right-back, is pulled out there.

“If he's needed elsewhere or missing entirely you're looking at Pascal Struijk (currently injured) or Liam McCarron (inexperienced and more of a winger).”


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