Liverpool reportedly open to move for Leeds United winger Raphinha, Spanish media report claims sport.
The Truths: The Premier League Reveal
Since joining Los Blancos in 2020 from Ligue 1 side Rennes for £17million (BBC), the Brazil international has been nothing short of sensational for the Yorkshire club.
After narrowly avoid relegation of the Premier League on the final day of the 2021/22 season, it looks like a move could be in sight for some time, with Barcelona having been the forerunners. However, that could now change…
The latest: Liverpool chasing Raphinha
According sportLiverpool remain at the forefront of those waiting to sign Raphinha this summer as Jurgen Klopp still ‘wants’ to bring the 25-year-old to the AXA academy.
It is claimed that if there were not the nine caps agent for striker Deco – a Barcelona icon in his time as a player – the skilful Brazilian ‘would already have signed’ for the Reds or Chelsea.
The report adds it’s ‘mainly Liverpool’ with a chance to get the deal done if the Catalan giants fail to reach a €65m (£58m) deal for the dazzling striker , which has been referred to as ‘Wizard’ by his club colleague Daniel James.
The Verdict: Go Get It
With Mohamed Salah’s Anfield future appearing more perilous than ever, FSG should make immediate arrangements to replace the Egyptian superstar and capitalize on Spain’s procrastination in the process.
Mainly operating as a left-footed right winger in a similar vein for the 30-year-old, Raphinha has certainly shown the first signs of his ability to emulate the levels reached by the Liverpool superstar as he nears the peak of his own powers.
Last season, the Brazilian scored 11 times and recorded three assists in 35 Premier League outings for a struggling Leeds side, winning 5.2 duels, completing 1.8 successful dribbles and making 1.9 key passes per game while earning 6.97 sofa score Evaluation.
Surprisingly enough, these Raphinha stats are a close game for Salah, even better on some fronts. The Egyptian supremo has won just 2.9 duels, completed 1.5 successful dribbles and made 1.8 key passes per top-flight game in 2021/22, stats that would endear Klopp even more to the potential capture of the star of Elland Road.
As it stands, the signs all point to the 30-year-old having completed his Merseyside deal. As such, signing Raphinha now would be a smart move to ensure a natural succession plan is in place.
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