Rio Ferdinand, Harry Kewell, Jonathan Woodgate, Alan Smith, Paul Robinson, James Milner, Mark Viduka, Aaron Lennon, Fabian Delph, Lewis Cook, Chris Wood, Charlie Taylor and Jack Clarke.

Leeds have had to cash in on every top talent over the last two decades to keep the club afloat.

That trend ended in the summer when Leeds won promotion back to the Premier League and the club are under no pressure to cash in on the coveted Raphinha.

For the first time since the club went into financial freefall in 2002 when the cost of the “living the dream”, as Peter Ridsdale famously put it, hit home, Leeds are in the black.

The broadcasting millions are rolling in, even if they have yet to benefit from playing in front of a sold-out Elland Road, and their bank balance has also been swollen by the £50million investment from the San Francisco 49ers.

Raphinha has five goals and five assists for Leeds

Raphinha is already on Liverpool’s radar because of his displays over the last three months and the Brazilian winger has been Leeds’ best player.

He has scored five goals and contributed five assists in the Premier League and has shown he has every trick in his locker.

Marcelo Bielsa has mainly deployed him on the right, where he likes to cut inside on to this left foot and let fly.

Raphinha is just as comfortable on the left and regularly bamboozles defenders with his pace and dribbling.

Raphinha has proved a snip at £17million

Leeds are delighted with Raphinha’s impact and he is proving to be one of director of football Victor Orta’s most-astute signings.

None of the big sides were clamouring to sign Raphinha when Leeds picked him up for a bargain £17million on transfer deadline day in October from Rennes, yet he is playing well enough to walk into any Premier League side now.

That fee will rise with add-ons, but not by much and significantly Raphinha has no buy-out clause in his contract that the likes of Liverpool could exploit.

Raphinha, 24, is happy at Elland Road and has been befriended by fellow Portuguese speaker Helder Costa and Patrick Bamford, who converses with him in French.

Rather than flog Raphinha to help the club’s finances, Leeds plan to add to him this summer.

They spent £100million last year to ensure they could establish themselves in the top fight and aim to make a few more significant signings.

Leeds’ future is bright and they see Raphinha playing a big part in it.