Leeds United could be handed major boost as European giants close in on player agreement

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Leeds United’s hopes of fending off interest in Raphinha from Bayern Munich appear to have been given a boost.

That’s after a report from L’Equipe claimed that the German champions are set to secure a new contract for winger Kingsley Coman.

The January transfer window had looked set to be a nervous one for Leeds United, with speculation around the future of Raphinha refusing to go away.

Bayern had been one club linked with the winger, who had apparently been identified by the Bundesliga leaders, as a potential replacement for Coman, if they could not agree a new deal with the France international.

Now however, it appears that such a situation is now unlikely to arise anytime soon, judging by this latest update.

It is now claimed that Bayern are close to agreeing a new three-year deal with Coman, that will keep him in Munich for the long-term future.

As a result, the need for Bayern to make a move for Raphinha no longer appears to be there, meaning Leeds may be able to rest more easily with regards to the future of their talisman.

This will no doubt be a big relief to those of a Leeds United persuasion.

Given the financial strength of Bayern, and the opportunity to win trophies they provide, it could have been hard to turn down the German champions had a bid come in for Raphinha.

But with Coman now set to sign a new deal, it seems there is little need for them to make a move for the Brazilian, which is obviously a boost for Leeds when it comes to their talisman.

However, while this may take one major player out of the race, it is worth noting that there could be other big clubs still interested in the 25-year-old, whose offers Leeds may yet need to brace themselves for.