Leeds United have put new contract negotiations with star duo Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha on ice till the membership’s Premier League standing is confirmed, perceive 90min.
Both gamers have been the topic of a £ 50m switch bid from West Ham in January, which was rapidly rejected by Leeds, however curiosity of their providers continues to develop.
Phillips has lengthy been anticipating Leeds to supply him a brand new and improved contract, whereas Raphinha has at all times claimed he’s joyful at Elland Road, and it was hoped the membership would give you the option to barter new phrases by now.
But with Burnley and Everton selecting up useful factors in latest weeks, Leeds are caught within the battle to keep away from relegation from the Premier League – and sources have instructed 90min that the talks at the moment are “on the back end”.
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Both Phillips and Raphinha haven’t but determined the place their long-term future lies, however 90min understands that they aren’t speaking to different golf equipment both – regardless of the indisputable fact that they’re continually linked to a transfer.
Newcastle and Aston Villa have a powerful curiosity in Phillips and have been linked a number of instances, whereas title-chasing Liverpool are additionally protecting a watch on his state of affairs. Manchester United is one other crew in the combo for the English nationwide crew participant with 19 internationals, however incoming supervisor Erik ten Hag has quite a few areas to cope with and should first log off on his precedence switch targets.
At the identical time, 25-year-old Raphinha is regular on Barcelona’s radar. The Catalan giants re-emerge beneath the management of membership legend Xavi and 90min perceive that they’ve recognized the Brazilian as a summer time switch goal – though they’ve not but contacted a participant who’s coming in the direction of the top of his second season in Leeds and has 10 Premier League targets on its identify 2021/22.
Should a transfer to Camp Nou, or elsewhere, grow to be a actuality, it may revive Leeds ‘long-standing curiosity in Wolves’ outfielder Adama Traore – who was first reported by 90 Minutes again in December 2020 when Marcelo Bielsa was in cost at Elland Road – as TEAMtalk has revealed is unlikely to remain in Barcelona when his six-month mortgage deal expires.