Raphinha, Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford could be sold if Leeds are relegated

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Raphinha of Leeds United at full time of the Premier League match between Leicester City and Leeds United at King Power Stadium on March 5, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

Raphinha has been one of Leeds’ star players since moving to Elland Road in 2020 (Picture: Getty)

Leeds United could lose several of their star players including Raphinha, Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford if they are relegated from the Premier League.

Sportsmail report that most Leeds squads have relegation clauses in their contracts which are almost certain to be triggered should Jesse Marsch’s side be relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.

The Yorkshire club are currently 17th in the Premier League, two points clear of relegation with four games remaining.

They are level on points with fellow contenders Burnley, while 18th-placed Everton have a game in hand against their relegation rivals.

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Kalvin Phillips was born and raised in Leeds but has been linked with a move to fierce rivals Man Utd (Picture: Getty)

Norwich City’s relegation was confirmed after last Saturday’s defeat at Aston Villa, while Watford’s immediate return to the second tier is all but guaranteed and should be official after this weekend’s games.

If those reports are true, Leeds will lose their best players for less money than they’re worth, with fees of around £30m likely to be accepted for the likes of Raphinha and Phillips.

Even if the club survive relegation, they could still lose players in the summer as winger Raphinha has been linked with a move to Barcelona, ​​while defensive midfielder Phillips has long been a Manchester United target.

Striker Bamford, meanwhile, has endured an injury-plagued season which was a partial cause of Leeds’ decline this season, but he will certainly still attract interest, having scored 19 goals and 10 for the club in the Premier League since promotion has supported.

The report also claims that any player still at Elland Road next season will be forced to take a 20% to 50% pay cut if they are in the Championship as owner Andrea Radrizzani seeks to sell his club after keeping his payroll financially stable after returning to the Premier League in 2020 rose to £108million.

Leeds’ fight for survival continues on Sunday when they travel to Arsenal, while Everton take on Leicester on the same day, while Burnley host Aston Villa on Saturday.

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