Liverpool fans took to Twitter on Thursday to applaud the Reds’ interest in Raphinha. The player’s agent confirmed there have been enquiries.
Raphinha is on Liverpool’s transfer shortlist, it seems. That’s according to Deco, anyway, who represents the Leeds United winger.
Raphinha is in the public eye right now, consistently shining for both Leeds and Brazil. This week saw him assist twice for his country in a 3-1 win over Venezuela, earning him further plaudits.
The 24-year-old really feels like a player moving into his prime years. His Premier League stats back that up – Raphinha has three goals in seven games and is creating at least two chances per 90.
His form is drawing interest and, apparently, Liverpool are near the front of the queue.
“Raphinha has become an important player in the Premier League,” said Deco, per Globo Esporte. “The club knows he has grown and things will happen naturally.
“He’s young, he has many challenges ahead. There are certainly several clubs that like him, and Liverpool do like him, there were enquiries, but nothing official.
“Leeds wanted to keep him for another season.”
Perhaps something can happen in 2022, then. Deco’s phrasing paints that picture, anyway, as Leeds take things on a year-by-year basis.
We’ll cross our fingers that this really is the case – we’d love Raphinha at the club. We’re certainly not alone in that, either.
Liverpool fans on Raphinha
it’s inevitable— : (@xberole_) October 14, 2021
We have to complete the signing before the world cup, his price will rise more after the world cup— • (@GerrardTime) October 14, 2021
When Klopp said they're waiting for the right players, let's hope he was also talking about him.— B (@BCarauleanu) October 14, 2021
Would definitely sign him next summer, he's class— Cathal Robinson (@CathalRobinson) October 14, 2021
This does feel like the kind of transfer Liverpool excel at. A Premier League player who’s shining around that midtable level, with a sense that they’re about to explode.
Sadio Mane, Gini Wijnaldum, Virgil van Dijk and Diogo Jota all fit that bill. Liverpool paid hefty fees to sign all four – certainly relative to their reputations at the time – but now all feel like bargains.
Raphinha is of the same mould. Leeds certainly won’t give him up easily but if they’re open to doing business, Liverpool will surely make another approach.
Undoubtedly, this is one to watch.