By Saikat Mandal

9th Jun, 2022 | 1:40pm

Leeds United could be set for profit if Raphinha makes transfer U-turn

If you’re not living under a rock, you should be knowing that Raphinha is likely to leave Leeds United in the summer. 

Where he will land up is unknown. The Brazilian dreams of joining Barcelona, but their perilous financial situation prevents them from luring him away from Elland Road this season. 

The hopes are fading, and Mundo Deportivo (9 June, page 13) now reports that Deco, the player’s agent is exploring other options. In fact, Raphinha is offering himself to other clubs as well. 

One of the options could be moving to Liverpool who are showing interest in signing Darwin Nunez, as per The Guardian journalist, Fabrizio Romano (Twitter; 8 June).

The Reds are probably looking to make a statement signing, with Sadio Mane’s future up in the air. 

The Reds are one of the clubs thought to be interested in signing Raphinha, but Catalan based newspaper Sport (7 June, page 8) reported that the Brazilian has rejected the chance of moving to Merseyside. 

However, he probably now gets the bigger picture, and if he makes the transfer U-turn decision, Leeds would be benefitted immensely. 

The Whites value Raphinha at a fee of around £60-£70, as reported by Phil Hay of The Athletic (3 June)

Raphinha has grown into a top player for the club, with Rio Ferdinand hailing him as a “phenomenal” player while speaking to BT Sport 1 [9 February, 07:47pm].

It seems Liverpool are ready to spend on a winger, and they could be willing to match the amount. 

In fact, with Leeds reportedly keen on Takumi Minamino as reported by The Atheltic, any structured deal could work for all parties. 

Raphinha joined Leeds from Rennes for a fee of £17m, as reported by BBC Sport on 5 October 2020. The club are expected to pocket a hefty profit from his sale, even if Liverpool include a structured deal involving Minamino.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are poised to wrap up a major behind-the-scenes addition for Marsch.