Liverpool are readying an irresistible £35million bid to sign Leeds United attacker Raphinha in the summer, according to Fichajes.
The Spanish news outlet claims that Leeds will find it hard to turn down Liverpool’s move to sign the 24-year-old, who only arrived at Elland Road from Rennes earlier this season.
It is understood that Marcelo Bielsa wants Juventus attacker Douglas Costa to replace Raphinha if the Whites ace does end up joining Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
Absolutely no chance
Douglas is a superb player. There’s a reason why he’s played for Brazil, Bayern Munich and Juventus.
However, agreeing to sell 24-year-old Raphinha and then signing 30-year-old Costa just sounds like a very bad move from a business perspective.
Costa is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Juventus and Fichajes reports that once that temporary spell is over, he has no plans to return to the Serie A giants.
During his second spell at Bayern this season, Costa has struggled for game-time, appearing just 11 times in the Bundesliga and only starting three times in Germany’s top-flight.
While Costa can play just about anywhere in the attack, there’s no reason to suggest that someone who’s 30-years-old and out of favour at a top European club would be any better than an in-form 24-year-old who’s playing every week for a mid-table Premier League one.
Raphinha has been a joy to watch this season.
He loves to get on the ball, run at opponents, create chances and score them himself.
We’d much rather keep him and if Liverpool do bid £35million for the attacker, then that’s definitely not enough to be accepted.
If they want him that badly they need to double that.
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