Raphinha would be tempted to leave Leeds United and join Liverpool this summer, according to former England striker Kevin Phillips.
The Lowdown: Raphinha stars for Leeds
The £22.5m-rated Brazilian arrived from Rennes last summer and stood out as one of the Whites’ best players in 2020/21, scoring six times in the Premier League and chipping in with nine assists. Raphinha’s quick feet, dribbling skills and unpredictability made him a hugely exciting player to watch and he was integral to the team’s success under Marcelo Bielsa.
The 24-year-old’s form has unsurprisingly led to rumours linking him with a move away from Leeds, with Liverpool tipped to snap him up this summer.
The Latest: Phillips admits Brazilian could move on
Phillips believes that Raphinha would be willing to trade Elland Road for Anfield, telling Football Insider that he would fully understand if the player wants to move on. The 47-year-old said:
“100% he would, no disrespect to Leeds but why would he not join Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp? He will jump at it.
“I was very surprised when Diogo Jota went to Liverpool but when you get an opportunity to join Liverpool you do it, so I’m sure he is flattered being linked.
“If there is half a chance in the summer I would imagine the player would push for it.”
The Verdict: Potential huge blow
The thought of Leeds losing Raphinha is a grim one, considering what an influential player he has already become, proving to be a nightmare for opposition defenders.
The key to Bielsa’s side remaining on their current trajectory is to keep hold of key player, so their star winger leaving could affect that negatively.
Granted, the money from his prospective sale could be spent on a top-class replacement, but Raphinha appears to be a player with a very high ceiling, having already made such giant strides in England.
In other news, one Leeds player’s future has taken a potential twist – find out who it is here.
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