The lowdown: Hot property
The skilful Brazilian was an instant hit in the Premier League, directly contributing to 15 goals in 30 outings in a debut English top-flight campaign having made the move from French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais.
That form immediately attracted the attention of Liverpool and this season’s overall plight in Yorkshire has drawn yet more interest in the sought-after Brazilian.
West Ham, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Barcelona have all been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old, but now it seems another big hitter is ready to join the race…
The latest: United keen
It’s claimed that as incoming manager Erik ten Hag makes a new attacking weapon a priority at Old Trafford, the man dubbed a ‘magician’ by former Red Devils star and now Elland Road teammate Daniel James could be considered as a potential target.
Should arch-rivals Leeds suffer relegation on the final day, Raphinha could be available at a marked-down price as a host of potential suitors watch on with interest.
The verdict: Worthwhile venture
Whilst signing players directly from Leeds is a path rarely trodden by United, in this instance, similarly with Erik Cantona, it would be well worthy of the hardship.
So far this season, the right-winger has scored ten times and provided another three assists in 34 Premier League outings, defying the conventional wisdom of what has been a disappointing campaign for the Yorkshire club.
Albeit the Old Trafford squad is relatively blessed with talented wide men in the shape of Jadon Sancho, Anthony Elanga and Marcus Rashford, none of the aforementioned trio can boast anything like similar numbers to Raphinha at present and the Brazilian should therefore be viewed as an upgrade.
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At a potentially reduced fee due to relegation, any attempt to bring the £40.5million valued star to Manchester should be a no-brainer for the club’s hierarchy.
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