Leeds United will suffer an ‘absolute disaster’ if relegation leads to Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha and Patrick Bamford sealing cut-price exits from Elland Road, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
The Whites are at serious risk of losing their Premier League status and dropping into the Championship heading into the final weeks of the campaign.
What’s the latest news involving Phillips, Raphinha and Bamford?
According to the Daily Mail, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has written release clauses into numerous top stars’ contracts and, as a result, the Whites are facing a mass exodus if they are relegated.
The report suggests Phillips, Raphinha and Bamford will be available for modest fees averaging close to £30million if they are consigned to the drop.
Relegation to the Championship is a distinct possibility as Leeds are in the dreaded drop zone with just three fixtures still to play.
It means Jesse Marsch – who was appointed as the Yorkshire giants’ head coach in February – is running out of time to turn the Whites’ fortunes around.
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What has Dean Jones said about the trio?
Jones believes Leeds are facing up to the prospect of a disastrous situation and hinted the Whites may be regretting their decision not to accept West Ham’s lucrative offers for Phillips and Raphinha.
The transfer insider told GIVEMESPORT: “Losing your Premier League status and your star names for barely any money would be an absolute disaster for Leeds.
“They had £100million offers for just two of those players in January from West Ham.
“Of course, they weren’t going to cash-in at the time, but you look back on it now and suddenly they could be taking a loss of around £70million.”
How have Phillips, Raphinha and Bamford performed for Leeds?
Having come through the youth ranks, Phillips has gone on to make 231 appearances for Leeds’ first-team.
Raphinha has racked up 28 goal contributions in 64 outings – underlining his threat in the final third of the pitch – while Bamford has found the back of the net 45 times having pulled on the Leeds shirt on 120 occasions, so it is clear that the trio would be sorely missed by their current employers.