Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed an update on £60m Leeds United star Raphinha’s ongoing situation at the club.
“Raphinha update. Leeds United now officially confirm that Raphinha is not in the team for the tour of Australia.
“Raphinha will train in England while Leeds are in talks to sell him.
“Barcelona have improved their verbal bid – Chelsea had proposal accepted 10 days ago.”
If Liverpool are interested in signing Raphinha, FSG must act now to secure the deal for the Brazilian before he makes a move to either Chelsea or Barcelona this summer.
It was reported that the Reds had an offer rejected for the Leeds winger last month, but as the transfer window goes on it could now be Liverpool’s last chance to capture Raphinha.
The 25-year-old has been a consistent and reliable attacking threat for the West Yorkshire club since he joined in 2020, and this season was a hugely important player in his team’s difficult challenge to remain in the Premier League.
Raphinha scored 11 goals, delivered three assists and created ten big chances, making 1.9 key passes, 1.5 tackles and winning 5.2 duels on average per game and was the club’s top goal scorer over his 35 league appearances last season.
Not only did the attacker score the most goals, he scored one of the most important goals of the season against Brentford on the final day to make sure Leeds retained their top-flight status, proving that he is a very impactful player that can make a huge difference in the team.
Although Liverpool have been constantly linked with a move for Raphinha, the interest has now dwindled especially now Mohamed Salah has signed a new deal to remain at Anfield for another three years, and it doesn’t now seem viable to sign the Brazil international this summer.
With that being said, there is no doubt that Raphinha would add further creativity and goal contributions to the team at Liverpool and if they could find a way to secure a deal for the player it would be a huge signing that could guarantee quality in front of goal beyond Salah’s new contract for years to come.