Leeds United winger Raphinha has been a revelation at Elland Road since signing last summer.

His form has impressed fans and pundits alike, so it should not come as a surprise to see Liverpool interested in the Brazilian [Football Insider].

A return of four goals and four assists in just 13 Premier League starts shows just how well he has adjusted to English football.

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It did not take him long to replace Helder Costa in the side or to prove that he is one of our most valuable assets.

The fact he fits perfectly into Marcelo Bielsa’s system means Orta completed a great bit of business by signing him.

Raphinha tops the player rankings in terms of most intense runs and has also made the most accelerations per 90 minutes, according to The Athletic.

It is understandable, therefore, to see that the 24-year-old has already increased his market value by 38% in his short time at Elland Road.

Liverpool will have to spend big to take him off our hands.

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It would take a considerable fee for us to sell, we feel, surely more than double or even triple than the £17million we spent in October.

After all, we would need a big figure to properly replace Raphinha and strengthen other areas – otherwise there is little point in selling.

One target on our radar is Adama Traore, who Wolves reportedly want £50million for.

That indicates how much we may have to pay to replace Raphinha, so we cannot sell him for cheap.

However, given his lack of Premier League experience, it would be surprising if Liverpool went all out to sign him given the strength of their wide options.

Orta must knock back any potential offers that do not meet his true valuation and his importance to the squad.

So far Raphinha has achieved an average WhoScored rating of 7.01 and has been unplayable at times, with recent performances against Leicester and Newcastle highlighting his brilliant vision and creativity.

He has built an understanding with Patrick Bamford, too, as evidenced by our second goal at the King Power.

Moreover, the attacker still has more than three years left on his current contract, so we hold all the cards when it comes to negotiation.

Orta did brilliantly to bring him in last summer, so he better not undo his good work by letting him go so soon.

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