Leeds talisman Raphinha has been linked with a sensational €50m January move to Bayern Munich, although conflicting reports suggest he will be going nowhere.
The Brazil international has been Leeds‘ standout player since the Whites’ return to the Premier League, scoring eight times and providing 11 assists last season. He has already matched that goalscoring tally this term despite Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s struggles.
According to a report in his native Brazil, that form has brought him to the attention of Bavarian giants Bayern. TNT Sport Brasil claim the winger is set to join Die Roten for around £40m in January, despite the wealth of talent the Bundesliga champions possess in the wide areas.
TNT go as far as to suggest that Raphinha’s former club Avai have factored the potential windfall they will receive into their budget for next year.
However, conflicting reports from both Yorkshire and Munich suggest that is not the case.
The Yorkshire Evening Post write that Bayern are yet to express any interest in the 25-year-old, and while his current deal doesn’t expire until 2024, talks are ongoing over an improved contract at Elland Road.
Meanwhile, German publication Bild adds that Bayern would only move for a new wide man in the event that one of their current stars leaves in January – which seems unlikely.
Die Roten currently have some of the best wingers on the planet operating on the flanks, including Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sané and Kingsley Coman, while Jamal Musiala and Alphonso Davies are capable of playing there too.
While it’s possible Bayern could make their move in the summer and Leeds could be tempted into a future sale as they look to follow Leicester City’s transfer model, a January move for the Brazilian seems unlikely given his importance to Bielsa’s side.