Former Leeds right-back Danny Mills believes there will be a release clause if Raphinha signs a new contract with the Yorkshire club.
The Brazilian international was reportedly the subject of a bid from West Ham before the January transfer window closed, while Liverpool and Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in the winger. Mills says the player will likely get an extension in order to protect his value, but a buyout fee could also be included:
“They are rewarding him for doing well and hoping that he’s going to stay. But also they’re protecting their asset with a longer contract and it will have a release clause in it, which could bump up a potential fee. It’s standard business. When you’ve got a player who is doing very, very well for you, you reward him. It’s not just because they deserve it, it’s to protect your own asset as well.”
Mills seems to be purely speculating here. It’s rare for players based in England to have release clauses, even though it is much more common on the continent.
Whatever happens with Raphinha’s contract, though, the 25-year-old will still be in high demand, and Leeds are expected to demand at least £60m for his services. Whether the Hammers will return with another bid in the summer, we shall have to wait and see.