That’s according to journalist Fabrizio Romano, who admits that the saga around the Brazilian has become crazy.
It has been reported for some time that Raphinha has agreed personal terms on a move to Barcelona, but the financially challenged Spanish giants have seemingly so far yet to agree a fee with Leeds over a deal.
Recent reports had however claimed that Leeds could be willing to let the winger go for a fee of around €40million during the summer transfer window.
That is something that could have opened the door for Barcelona to swoop for the Brazil international at a more affordable price.
Now though, it seems that Leeds will not be affording the Catalan side that opportunity, judging by these latest comments from Romano.
Speaking about the ongoing situation surrounding Raphinha, and the speculation about his asking price on his YouTube channel, the reporter said: “This one is a really crazy deal.
“End of February, beginning of March, Deco the agent of Raphinha, really close to Joan Laporta Barcelona president. He reached an agreement with Barcelona on personal terms, so Raphinha has an agreement.
“Leeds are super happy, of course with staying in the Premier League, but also with Raphinha’s value because now they are not going to accept €40million.
“When they see rumours about €40million for Raphinha, they say it’s absolutely impossible to sell for that fee for a fantastic player.”
This does feel rather good to see from a Leeds United perspective.
Given the fees that players are sold far these days, Raphinha feels too good, and too important to Leeds, to be sold for somewhere in the region of €40million.
As a result, this update will be a relief for the Elland Road fanbase, since it suggests that if he is to leave, it will be for a move appropriate fee.
Indeed, this also shows that Leeds will not be pushed around in the market by the top clubs in Europe, and that feels like a welcome statement of intent to put down as well.