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Leeds: Liverpool again linked with move for Raphinha

Leeds: Liverpool again linked with move for Raphinha -Leeds United Transfer Rumours

Liverpool are still believed to be monitoring Leeds United winger Raphinha, even though an official bid doesn’t appear to be imminent.

The Lowdown: Raphinha continues to shine

The Brazilian has been a revelation since joining the Whites last year – Danny Mills probably summed it up best, calling him ‘tremendous’.

The former Rennes starlet has been providing endless quality from the wing and become arguably his team’s best and most crucial player – Whoscored currently rank him as the only man at Elland Road with an average match rating above 7/10.

Raphinha has scored six goals in just 13 Premier League appearances so far this season and he will be key in Leeds’ attempts to pull away from the relegation zone.

The 24-year-old was linked with a move to 6-time Champions League winners Liverpool back in the summer and a fresh update isn’t particularly positive from a Leeds perspective.

The Latest: Liverpool interest remains

According to The Liverpool Echo, Reds scouts are ‘running the rule’ over Raphinha, although a January move is all but ruled out.

The Brazil international’s current Leeds contract runs until 2024, so a huge fee would likely be needed to prise him away from Elland Road, but it sounds like Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani may have to brace themselves for serious interest next summer.

The Verdict: Looks a strong fit

Unfortunately, it is difficult to see Raphinha staying too far beyond this season, assuming Leeds continue to sit in and around the bottom-half of the Premier League.

He may want to test himself in the Champions League while at the the peak of his powers and it is easy to envisage him playing alongside players like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, having averaged 2.1 key passes and 2.5 dribbles per game in the league this season. As a comparison, Salah has averaged 2.2 and 1.7.

The Liverpool superstars both turn 30 next year, though, and Raphinha could be viewed as someone who could carry Jurgen Klopp’s attack in the long-term.

From a Leeds perspective, one would simply hope Orta and Radrizzani can extract every last penny out of any potential deal.

In other news, one pundit has made a huge claim regarding a Leeds hero’s future. Read more here.

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