According to sources, Leeds United have put new contract talks with Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha on hold until the club's Premier League status is guaranteed.
Both players were the subject of £50 million transfer proposals from West Ham in January, which Leeds immediately turned down, but interest in their services continues to rise.
Phillips has been waiting for a new and improved deal for a long time, while Raphinha has always maintained his happiness at Elland Road, and it had been believed that the club would be in a position to discuss fresh terms by now.
Leeds are firmly in the struggle to avoid relegation from the Premier League, with Burnley and Everton picking up important points in recent weeks - and, according to sources, negotiations are now 'on the back-burner.'
Phillips and Raphinha have yet to settle on their long-term plans, but sources suggest that they are not in talks with other team’s despite being linked with a transfer elsewhere.
Newcastle United and Aston Villa have both been connected with Phillips, while title-chasing Liverpool are also keeping an eye on his position. Manchester United is another team interested in signing the 19-cap England international, but incoming manager Erik ten Hag has a number of issues to deal with before approving his priority transfer targets.
Raphinha, a 25-year-old Brazilian, is on Barcelona's radar. According to sources, the Catalan giants have identified the Brazilian as a summer transfer target, though they have yet to make contact with a player who is approaching the end of his second season at Leeds and has 10 Premier League goals to his record in 2021/22.