By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

11th Jun, 2022 | 6:10pm

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Raphinha looks increasingly likely to join Liverpool and Takumi Minamino would be a good player to swap for him, according to Paul Robinson.

The Mirror reported on 4 June that Liverpool are ready to offer the 27-year-old Japan forward as part of a potential player-plus-cash deal for Raphinha.

On 8 June, The Athletic added that Leeds are keen on signing Minamino from Liverpool, who’ve told their fringe player that he’s free to leave Anfield this summer.

Barcelona’s pursuit of Raphinha, 25, seems to be stalling due to the financial issues at the Nou Camp and Robinson believes a move to Anfield is now more likely for the Brazilian.

“It depends what type of player [Jesse] Marsch wants and who he wants for his system,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

We know Leeds have looked at Minamino before and if that’s the type of player he wants and he’s willing to come to Leeds, then he’s a top-quality player and he’s somebody who would fit the bill to play wide and as a striker as well.

It just depends on what Marsch wants, what fits and what type of cash you can get as well as Minamino.

That’s the type of player they need, somebody who can play wide or up the middle.

It would broker a deal with Raphinha if he wants to move to Liverpool.

And if you look at Liverpool’s front-three, is [Sadio] Mane going to be around? It doesn’t look like he’s not going to be there. [Mohamed] Salah’s moving into the last months of his contract.

The Liverpool deal looks more and more like it could happen for Raphinha.”

Minamino scored 10 goals in 24 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool in the 2021/22 season as they won the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

The ex-Red Bull Salzburg attacker, who played briefly for Marsch in Austria, can play on either wing, through the middle or as a striker.

In other Leeds United news, a club is “guaranteed” to cash in on this Elland Road-linked forward.