By Saikat Mandal

25th Nov, 2021 | 9:00am

Rio Ferdinand suggests why Raphinha may not fancy Liverpool move

Rio Ferdinand has suggested that Leeds United winger Raphinha will have more options to move elsewhere apart from Liverpool.

The 24-year-old winger is admired by scouts at Liverpool. Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the Reds could make an attempt to sign the Brazilian who could cost in the region of £60million in the summer.

However, the popular BT Sport pundit feels that if Mohamed Salah stays at Liverpool, it could dampen Raphinha’s chances to start regularly.

Speaking on Ferdinand presents FIVE, his YouTube channel, he said: “The only problem I think with something like Raphinha going to Liverpool is just where he’s going to play? He’s not going to start.

“So, £60 million not to start is a big, big fee. And for him as a player, I’m sure he’ll have more options. It’s a great club, don’t get me wrong, going to be fighting on all fronts to win things.

“That question won’t be answered in a positive way for him: will I start a lot of games? If Salah stays and signs a new contract, it puts a dampener on his ability to play.”

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Leeds relaxed

Raphinha has been simply outstanding for Leeds this season. He has scored five goals in the Premier League so far.

The Brazilian has been the most consistent player for the Whites, and it won’t be an exaggeration to say that he has been miles ahead of other forwards at the club.

He has been praised heavily by pundits and journalists, with Romano hailing him as an “amazing” player.

Raphinha seems very happy at the moment at Leeds, and he feels he can achieve all his dreams with the Yorkshire club.

The left-footed winger has a contract at the club till 2024, and the Whites are in no rush to sell him.

At the same time, Leeds probably are aware that Raphinha would be targeted by heavy-weight clubs at some point, and they may have to offload him. The only thing they can do is get the best deal out of him when such a situation arises.

At the moment, there’s nothing to panic about. If Liverpool want to sign him, they will have to pay a premium transfer fee (although the price quoted above – £60m – is debatable) to take him to Anfield.

In other Leeds United news, the club are tracking a contract rebel who they are keen on signing in January