Raphinha has seemingly snubbed Liverpool as the Leeds United winger continues to hold out for a move to Barcelona this summer.
Raphinha has been a star with Leeds ever since joining from Rennes back in October 2020.
The Brazilian has brought technical magic in as much abundance as the feverish work rate that fans love.
The problem for Leeds is that Raphinha is now Brazil’s first-choice right winger – and that unsurprisingly leads to major interest.
Leeds stayed in the Premier League but keeping had of Raphinha could be a very big ask this summer.
Raphinha has seemingly snubbed Liverpool
Reports from The Mirror over the weekend suggested that Liverpool were making their move for Raphinha.
It was suggested that Liverpool were willing to send attacker Takumi Minamino to Leeds in a part-exchange deal for the Brazilian.
Liverpool will need another winger if Sadio Mane leaves the club but Raphinha seems a strange choice.
Yes, he’s a quality winger but he’s best deployed on the right flank cutting in on his left foot; Mane is the inverse and even plays as a striker.
The two don’t seem interchangeable but you can understand why Liverpool appreciate a player of Raphinha’s quality.
SPORT now claim that Liverpool have some forward with a ‘succulent offer’ to try and tempt Raphinha to Anfield.
Yet the Leeds star has allegedly snubbed Liverpool for now because his ‘obsession’ is to sign for Barcelona instead.
Barca are desperate to sign Raphinha with agent Deco – a former Camp Nou star – working on a deal.
Barcelona are still struggling to come up with the cash though given that Leeds want €65million (£55million) and that means they are in danger of being hijacked.
Liverpool seem to have attempted a move, but Raphinha’s focus is on Barcelona if he is to leave Elland Road.
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