Liverpool have already made a contract offer to Raphinha, who Jurgen Klopp has personally chosen to invigorate his attack.
That’s according to Sport, who claim that Liverpool’s offer to the Leeds United winger is ‘succulent.’
Despite this though, Raphinha is said to have ‘parked’ The Reds offer as he waits for Barcelona to sort out their finances. The 25-year-old is reportedly willing to ‘put all his efforts’ into signing for the Spanish giants.
However, an agreement between Leeds and Liverpool is seen as being ‘more than feasible.’
This is reportedly due to Liverpool’s financial advantage over Barca. There’s also the fact that The Reds could try to use Leeds target Takumi Minamino as a makeweight.
Klopp is claimed to have chosen Raphinha to ‘reinforce the right flank’ ahead of Sadio Mane’s potential departure. Leeds are reportedly looking for around £55m for their star man.
This should be taken with a pinch of salt. Sport is a Barcelona based publication. It’s always likely that they’ll favour the Blaugrana in their reports.
Of course for South American players, the pull of the Spanish behemoths will usually be greater than the attraction of playing in England. Liverpool have been stung by that before.
But if Barca can’t afford Raphinha, and it really seems like that’s the case, Liverpool should be clear favourites here.
Having said that, if there really is a contract offer on the table and the player is stalling, Liverpool should withdraw. With the current state of the club, The Reds don’t have to play second-fiddle to anybody.
Raphinha is a super player and would nicely fit into Liverpool’s attack. £55m doesn’t sound like a ludicrous price to pay for a Brazilian international in his prime either.
But if he’d prefer to join a sinking Barcelona than a club as upwardly mobile as Liverpool, then The Reds should leave him to it.