While no fans wants to see their best players move on, from the moment Raphinha took to the Elland Road pitch this always felt like a temporary agreement. The Brazilian has been utterly sensational for the club, and his arrival from Rennes was immediately viewed as a big coup. The playmaking style and the right left foot shooting of Raphinha has given Leeds fans something to enjoy even during the tough times of last season and this. However, it looks like the agreement between player and club ends this summer.

Almost all reports suggest that the Brazilian has made clear he will not be sticking around regardless of staying up or not. The aim was to get into Europe this season to convince stars like the Samba man to stick around. Given the club could actually go back down, his loyalty is not something that many fans expect. The good news is that the club could be looking at as much as €65m in a fee coming from Spain.

FC Barcelona are believed to be desperate to land the player, seeing him as the ideal fit to complete their attacking trident. Especially if they lose Ousmane Dembele, Raphinha would be more or less a must-start for the Blaugrana.

Though it would hurt to see the player leave, this would give Jesse Marsch and Victor Orta a lot of money to spend in the rebuild this summer. For some fans, though, that might not be viewed as a positive. For many, Raphinha is one of just a few signings in the Premier League era that have worked out. Many of the arrivals, such as central defenders Diego Llorente and Robin Koch, have been flops or failures due to fitness.

Losing a player with ten goals this season will be tough, but for Leeds it would be near-impossible to keep Raphinha around.

Leeds expected to spend on quantity this summer

A big part of the problem for Leeds is that they have a small squad and most of the squad are, if fans are honest, second-tier players. Being able to get a season out of them all was an achievement; the summer of 2021, though, should have been about adding depth. While there is always back and forth about who accepted and denied what signings, one thing is clear: the squad was too thin both in quality and quantity.

Reports suggest that this summer will look to address this. If Leeds go down, it is expected more space will be made for academy talent to play. The likes of Stuart Dallas will be out long-term, though, and there is doubt about the future of a wide range of the Leeds players. This means that the club are expected to look to bolster the squad depth whilst keeping as many of the current team as they can.

While the money might not soften the blow of losing arguably the most exciting Leeds player of the century, it at least comes with the hopeful assurance of new blood arriving in large numbers this summer. After watching the current team toil to near or full-on relegation, fans will be keen to see a new project begin this summer.