Leeds transfer news: Fresh claim emerges on price tag of key Elland Road star

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Leeds United will not entertain selling star man Raphinha for less than £51million, according to LeedsLive journalist Joe Donnohue.

Raphinha made the move to Elland Road after a £17million deal was struck with French side Rennes last year.

What's the latest news involving Raphinha?

Raphinha's impressive transition into the Premier League has paid off for Leeds, with his six goals and nine assists playing a key role in the Whites comfortably staving off an immediate return to the Championship last season.

In fact, Raphinha's influence resulted in Leeds finishing just three points adrift of a European spot as they enjoyed their first campaign in the top flight after a 16-year absence.

Raphinha's fine form could make it difficult for Leeds to hold onto their talisman, with Brazilian media outlet Globo Esporte reporting Raphinha's agent, Deco, has confirmed Premier League rivals Liverpool are keen on the winger.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not Raphinha's only admirer as Fichajes have suggested that Spanish giants Barcelona have been keeping tabs on the 24-year-old for an extensive period and are interested in welcoming him to the Nou Camp.

Prior to the latest transfer links, Raphinha appeared to commit his immediate future to Marcelo Bielsa's side after claiming his target is to guide Leeds to a European spot this season.

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What has Joe Donnohue said about Raphinha?

Donnohue believes Leeds would only allow Raphinha to leave Elland Road if they stood to make a sizeable profit.

The journalist also feels the timing of a bid could prove crucial if any of his suitors want to clinch the winger's services.

Donnohue told GIVEMESPORT: "I think you're looking at at least three times the figure they paid if he were to be sold.

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"It would depend on the timing that he'd be sold.

"I think you're looking at, at the very minimum, three times that £17million figure."

How has Raphinha performed away from Elland Road this season?

While Raphinha has continued to find the back of the net for Leeds since the new campaign got underway in August, one of the most memorable moments of his career came away from Yorkshire.

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The wide man was rewarded for his consistent Whites form by winning his first three caps for Brazil last month and he caught the eye by scoring two goals and chalking up as many assists.

A trio of impressive performances led to Brazil team-mate Thiago Silva heaping praise on Raphinha.

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