Leeds United are very unlikely to retain Kalvin Phillips or Raphinha beyond this summer, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
The Premier League side bid farewell to manager Marcelo Bielsa on Sunday, and more exits could be on the way.
What’s going on in Leeds right now?
After losing their last four league matches, conceding 17 goals in the process, the club hierarchy decided it was time for a change of dugout, and Bielsa left Elland Road at the weekend.
Leeds moved quickly to secure his replacement as they brought in former Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch in a deal that runs until 2025.
However, they might have to start worrying about retaining their best players for the near future. Both Phillips and Raphinha have been linked with moves of late.
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What did Jones say about Phillips and Raphinha?
Bielsa established himself as a hugely popular figure at Elland Road as he brought the team back to the Premier League after 16 years out of the top flight.
It may take some time for some fans to recover from his departure, and they could also lose two key players, with Jones expecting Phillips and Raphinha to be snapped up by rival clubs in the next transfer window. .
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Unfortunately for Leeds fans, Bielsa’s exit isn’t the only one they’ll regret this year. From what I’m hearing, the chances of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha staying beyond this season are slim. , or even zero.
Would it be a blow for Leeds to lose both players?
It could be argued that Phillips and Raphinha, who have a combined valuation of £72million according to Transfermarkt, are Leeds’ top two players, so losing them at the same time would be disastrous for the team.
Phillips has missed the team’s last 11 league games through injury, and Leeds have lost eight of those games, underlining how important central midfield is to the way they play.
Meanwhile, Raphinha has registered 11 Premier League goals this season – no other player in the team has managed more than six.
Marsch has a big job to do between now and the end of the season to keep Leeds above the relegation zone.
If he manages to do that, then he could face another huge challenge this summer, as the departure of Phillips and Raphinha would mean he would have to replace the player who gives Leeds control in the middle of the park, and the outlet. the most creative of the team in the same transfer window.