Liverpool are yet to make any contact with Leeds United over the signing of Raphinha, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth.
The Lowdown: Raphinha linked with move away
The 24-year-old is reportedly wanted by Liverpool this summer, following a superb season at Elland Road, having joined from Rennes.
Raphinha was arguably one of Leeds’ best players in an excellent first year back in the Premier League, dazzling supporters with his trickery and enjoying 15 goal contributions (six goals, nine assists).
The Latest: Journalist provides update
Taking to Twitter to give an update on the current situation, Smyth offered Whites fans some encouragement, claiming Liverpool ‘definitely’ have interest but ‘have never made contact’ regarding signing the Brazilian.
While he does also admit that the Reds will definitely be interested in the idea of snapping up the winger, any potential deal seems a long way off, adding ‘you have to imagine’ a huge bid would be required.
The Verdict: Exciting
As Smyth alludes to, only a massive offer will be able to prise Raphinha away from Leeds this summer – whether or not Liverpool have those funds remans to be seen.
In an ideal world, the Whites star would remain at the club for many years to come, but unless the team are pushing for European football every season, that seems unlikely.
Raphinha looks to have an incredibly high ceiling, so the sad likelihood is that he will end up moving on to a more successful club.
That said, if the Whites can get a few more good seasons out of him and then cash in for huge profit that would have to be considered a success, so Smyth’s claim that any immediate approach seems unlikely is hugely encouraging.
In other news, Leeds have reportedly set their sights on an established international midfielder this summer. Find out who it is here.
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