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Reported Liverpool target Raphinha responds to transfer speculation

Liverpool are going to be in the market for a forward this summer. The Reds need to add some firepower to the side following a disappointing campaign. Reported Liverpool target Raphinha has responded to speculation linking him with the Reds.

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Raphinha Premier League debut season

Last October Leeds United signed Raphinha from Rennes for £17m.

The Brazilian went on to have an incredibly impressive debut campaign in the Premier League.

Raphinha was a standout performer for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, netting six and assisting nine in the league.

He earned a 7.22 WhoScored rating for his efforts with his direct running and eye for a key pass proving particularly impressive.

Liverpool linked Raphinha speaks out

There is plenty of interest in the 24-year-old following his strong season.

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The Metro has reported that Liverpool are interested in Raphinha this summer.

The outlet made the claim in an article relaying comments the Brazilian made to UOL Sport. In the interview Raphinha responded to rumours around his future:

“It is difficult to define how I feel when I hear speculation about giant teams like Liverpool and Manchester United interested in signing me. Man, I grew up watching these teams on television…

“I’m making people happy with my football. I am not only talking about the other clubs, but also Leeds, who was the one who bet on me… have a contract for another four years and I don’t even think about leaving here for exactly this reason: I am happy and making others happy.”

Despite appearing to graciously dismiss the rumours (possibly to keep his club happy) the winger went on to detail his friendships with players at both Liverpool and Manchester United:

“In Liverpool there is Alisson who is from the south too, so everything stays the same. There is still Fabinho, who is from the same place as Firmino and I.

“In fact, did you know that Firmino was the first guy who texted me when I came here? He’s a great friend.”

What RTK has to say

Liverpool signing Raphinha would be an exciting move, it’s good to know that Bobby has his ear.

However, Leeds United have no reason to sell and they can command a justifiably lofty fee for the exciting winger; we can’t expect to just barge in take him away.

We’ll be anxiously awaiting any further developments on this one, the lad is a joy to watch.

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