David James questions if Raphinha could make move from Leeds to Liverpool
BBC pundit David James has questioned whether Leeds winger Raphinha would fit in at Liverpool after they signed Luis Diaz in January.
The Brazilian has been excellent for the Whites this season but has been unable to help them avoid a relegation battle, and has now been linked with a mega money transfer away from the club.
While reports suggest that Barcelona are in ‘advanced talks’ with his agent Deco [Fabrizio Romano], previous interest from Liverpool could still be alive and James told GGRecon he’s unsure if he’d fit in so well at Anfield.
“I like Raphinha,” he said.
“He’s on nine goals this season. The one thing that sort of concerns me about him already being linked to Liverpool is that usually you don’t know who Liverpool are going to sign until they sign.
“That Liverpool front four or five, whatever you want to call it, is he the same, is he better? Under Jurgen Klopp and in that environment, would he get better? Possibly. If it is true, I think the price would be the key indicator on that one.
“I like him but again, when you look at Luis Díaz, who is a sensational signing, is Raphinha as good as him? I don’t think so at the moment. It’s whether he can be better than that. I think with Díaz you already had a superstar who came in and continued to be a superstar. Raphinha is a slightly different model I would argue.”
He’d be rubbish
Yeah, we agree James, Raphinha would be rubbish at Anfield so he might as well just stay at Elland Road next season, right?
In all seriousness though, the Brazilian would be the perfect type of attacker for a Jurgen Klopp side and luckily for Leeds they’ve probably just managed to sign a better version already.
While that’s great for Leeds and Liverpool, it doesn’t necessarily help the Whites when it comes to him potentially leaving the club.
There will be plenty of interest surrounding him and it’s all about Leeds being able to hold out for a fee that makes sense, because he is without doubt their most valuable asset.
A big money deal would make sense because he’s clearly too good to be battling relegation, but a respectable fee would see him move on and the club would then be able to invest that into other areas of the squad to strengthen.