Leeds United could get “40million” for electrifying Raphinha in the summer — but they’d be mad to sell up.
That is according to former Premier League goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Brazillian scored his fourth goal of the season in the 2-1 defeat to Everton on Wednesday.
While the result was not the desired outcome, Phillips believes Whites fans can take heart from the consistently excellent Raphinha.
The 24-year-old, who has now started 13 successive league matches for Leeds, has also provided four assists since signing from Rennes for £17m in the summer.
That figure is beginning to look like a bargain, says Phillips, who thinks that Leeds could potentially recoup double that if they were to sell Raphinha in the summer.
“He’s definitely looking like a £30-40m player,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“The big thing for me is that he’s consistently good. He seems to just be getting better and better. He’s adapted to Premier League life so well.
“For such a slight person, he’s got a great turn of pace, he’s got a trick up his sleeve and he scores goals.
“He’s got great energy too. But as I say, I think the big thing is consistency.
“If you were to sell him at the end of the season, you’ve got to be looking at £30m at the very least, maybe £40m.
“He’s been a shining light in that Leeds side this season so far.”
Born in Porto Alegre, south Brazil, Raphinha moved to Europe in 2016 when he joined Vitoria Guimaraes.
He later signed for Primeira Liga side Sporting before moving on to Rennes and later Leeds.