The Merseyside giants are set to submit a ‘first official offer’ to Leeds United for Raphinha worth €37m after he shone in the PL this campaign. The 24-year-old winger scored eight goals and provided 11 assists for the Peacocks this campaign, helping them to a ninth-place finish in their first campaign back in the PL.
There is little else to Mercado Ingles’ information and Anfield Central hasn’t heard anything about interest in Raphinha aside from the fact that he is someone that is admired by the Reds coaching staff.
In my opinion, the Brazilian winger would be an incredible backup option to Mohamed Salah but his lack of versatility would mean that unless the world-class operator was played as a centre-forward, Raphinha would be limited to playing as his backup.
I have no insider knowledge of the footballer but it seems unlikely that he would be attracted to playing fewer minutes after an outstanding season for Leeds in which he played 2300 minutes in the PL.
For reference, Diogo Jota played only 1112 minutes in the league but he did miss 21 matches through injury so that’s not the best potential reflection on what a backup role might entail for the Brazilian winger.
As a Liverpool fan, I’d prefer to see a versatile centre-forward signed as it gives the German manager more options as the season progresses but having said that, I wouldn’t turn my nose up at a player more than capable of making an impact at Liverpool.
Someone like Donyell Malen, a player that can play on the wing but excels as a striker could be the best option for Liverpool this summer.