By Beck Pascal

31st May, 2022 | 11:45am

Leeds United on Raphinha red alert with Sadio Mane set for Liverpool exit

Leeds United will be on red alert in their efforts to keep star man Raphinha after the latest developments that have come out of Liverpool. 

The Brazil international played a crucial role in securing the Whites’ top-flight status as they beat Brentford on the last day of the season.

His 14 goal involvement in the league was the highest of any Elland Road player and they will be absolutely desperate to keep hold of him ahead of the next campaign. 

Barcelona has been heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old, but the latest reports by Sky Sports insist that Jesse Marsch will only sell his star men if the deal was right for the club.

Liverpool are amongst the host of clubs that have also been linked with the winger amid Leeds’ relegation battle, as per the Liverpool Echo.

With Sadio Mane potentially leaving Anfield at the end of the season for Bayern Munich – the Whites will be fearful they will revisit their interest in their maestro. 

Not ideal. 

The good news is that it doesn’t look as if Leeds will need to sell any of their star men – if they don’t want to. 

But, that doesn’t mean their star men won’t want to leave. The Raphinha to Barcelona move has been in the pipeline for quite some time now and it is starting to get a bit boring.

The reports are continually changing and at this point, nobody knows whether he will join the Catalonians or not next season. 

Liverpool selling Mane might put a spanner in the works. Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to maintain the great squad depth he has had to work so hard to build which means they will certainly be in the market for another winger.

This surely only increases the chances of Raphinha leaving. If he doesn’t end up playing in the La Liga, he could well be in the Premier League but playing in red – should the Merseysiders come in with a good enough offer.

In other Leeds United news, Chris Sutton has teared Leeds to shreds, sharing a major transfer view after a recent “disaster”.