While it is not surprising that Liverpool is interested in Leeds’ Raphinha, they have yet to express their interest to his employers in either a formal or informal setting. The 24-year-old made an immediate impact at Elland Road, scoring eight goals and setting up another 11 in an eye-catching debut season. If Liverpool is looking for attacking reinforcements this summer to replace expected departures, they could do worse than consider the Brazilian. Throughout the 2020/21 season, the Reds’ name has been linked to Raphinha, with France Football one of many to claim interest from Jurgen Klopp’s side following his £17 million switch last summer.
As the January transfer window approaches, it is not surprising to see increased interest in this prolific player. A Brazilian talent who does not command exorbitant fees is a rarity in today’s market. His performances for Leeds have given various powerhouse English clubs a taste of the vast potential he possesses, and it is no surprise that they want his signature on a contract. Even so, he’s only been with Leeds for a year after signing a four-year contract, so if the club decides to keep him, they’ll be in good hands.
The 24-year-old winger impressed for Brazil during the international break, and his agent, former Chelsea and Barcelona playmaker Deco, confirmed that the Reds inquired about him during the summer transfer window. Although Raphinha ultimately stayed put at Elland Road, he harbours ambitions “to play at a higher level.” It’s natural for a youngster with such promising prospects to seek greener pastures. Deco is well aware of this, as is the fact that his client is rapidly ascending to the ranks of modern football’s heavy hitters. As a result, neither he nor Raphinha is in any hurry to make a move, knowing full well that things will take their natural course even if they are not involved.
Raphinha has established himself as a fixture in the Premier League. Leeds are aware that he has grown rapidly and that he will continue to grow at the same rate. As a result, they may try everything they can to keep him. Leeds clearly require a player of his calibre if they are to remain in the English Premier League. Even so, Elland Road may have to say goodbye to their Brazilian wonder in January, and it’s best if they plan ahead of time.
Fabrizio Romano recently claimed on Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel that Leeds were looking for at least £60 million to part ways with the 24-year-old. That, I believe, is a correct evaluation for a Brazilian international who both scores and creates goals. If you can get any change out of £60 million, you’ve done well. Raphinha is well-versed in the Premier League and consistently performs well. If they can come up with the money, Liverpool might be able to sign a player who will protect them from any attacking quandaries they may face in the near future.