Bayern Munich yet to contact Leeds United for Raphinha

Bayern Munich is yet to contact Leeds United for Raphinha. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich is yet to contact Leeds United for Raphinha. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) /

With the winter transfer window, the transfer speculation has intensified with each passing day. Bayern Munich has been heavily linked with multiple days in the past few days. However, the most surprising rumour came from Brazil a week ago as TNT Sports reported that Die Roten will be signing Raphinha from Leeds United for €50 million.

The Brazilian sports media outlet didn’t give a clear picture about which transfer window they were talking about, so the overall information did sound vague and unreliable. Going by what the UK media is reporting, it does look like information from TNT Sports was premature.

According to The Athletic UK, Bayern is yet to contact Leeds regarding the signing of Raphinha. The report from the British outlet also suggests that Leeds is looking ahead to open talks with the Brazilian winger for a contract renewal.

While the signing of Raphinha makes a lot of sense for Rekordmeister, it was not realistic to expect it to go through during the winter window. The Brazilian winger is an important player for Leeds, so it would make no sense for them to part ways with him in January when they are struggling in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Bild in Germany is reporting that Die Roten is monitoring the situation of various wingers in case they fail to agree on a new deal with Kingsley Coman. The Bavarian club has opened talks with the French winger for the contract renewal, but his wage demands remain a big stumbling block.

Apart from Raphinha, Rekordmeister has also been linked with Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne. The Italian forward looks unlikely to join Die Roten as this week’s developments suggest that he is closing on a transfer to Toronto FC. On the other hand, Dembele might be available on a free transfer in the summer if he refuses to sign a new contract at the Spanish club.

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The arrival of a new wide player will solely depend on the outcome of the latest round of talks between Coman and Die Roten. If there is no agreement in place before the end of the season, Rekordmeister will cash in and utilise the funds to sign a new wide player.

Raphinha will certainly be a better fit for Rekordmeister than above mentioned forwards. However, he will also command a significant transfer fee since his current deal at Leeds expires in 2024. If Coman does make his mind to not sign a new deal, then Rekordmeister will sound out clubs for a new winger, which probably includes Raphinha.