Thanks to Manchester United, Liverpool fans have a transfer hypothesis on Leeds star Raphinha.
Liverpool are rumored to be big fans of Leeds’ deft winger.
Liverpool supporters are hoping that Manchester United’s impending sale of Daniel James to Leeds will help them sign Raphinha. Following James’ arrival, there will be more competition for minutes out wide at Elland Road, something Jurgen Klopp may be able to take advantage of.
Leeds are set to sign Welsh speedster James on deadline day, two years after almost missing out on him by the tiniest of margins.
The 23-year-old has finally succumbed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s abundance of offensive alternatives, particularly after Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival.
Despite beginning Sunday’s win against Wolves, it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that James’ minutes at United this season would have been severely limited.
As a result, Leeds are set to complete a £24 million deal, bringing an end to the player’s two-year stay at Old Trafford.
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His presence at Elland Road might throw a spanner in the works, with both Jack Harrison and Raphinha flying high for the Yorkshire side at the moment.
The Brazilian has been one of Marcelo Bielsa’s brightest sparks, but the emergence of competition for his right-wing berth could persuade him to go.
The Liverpool Echo reports that fans are becoming enthusiastic about how James’ decision will affect their prospects of recruiting the 24-year-old.
Raphinha has established himself as one of the most enjoyable players to watch in the Premier League after scoring 11 goals and assisting eight times since joining from Rennes last summer.
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While he has the ability to make an impact at Anfield, Leeds are unlikely to let him go at this stage, given how important he is to Bielsa’s plans.
With Xherdan Shaqiri already at Lyon and Divock Origi in the shop window, Liverpool has toyed with the idea of boosting their attacking ranks this summer.
The fact that Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino are all 29 years old adds to the Reds’ search for quality.
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