Manchester City have joined Liverpool and Manchester United in the race to sign Leeds United winger Raphinha, according to Gianluigi Longari.
Writing on his personal Twitter account on Friday, the SportItalia journalist claimed that despite the interest, Leeds “want to keep” the 24-year-old Brazilian, who’s been in sensational form in his debut season in the Premier League.
Manchester City join the race for Leeds United winger #Raphinha. Manchester United and Liverpool still interested in him, confirmed. Nothing decided yet cause #LUFC want to keep him. #MUFC #LFC #MCFC @tvdellosport
— Gianluigi Longari (@Glongari) April 30, 2021
It’s no surprise to see these three clubs interested in a move for Raphinha, who has scored six goals and supplied six assists in 26 Premier League appearances this season.
In fact, it’s terrifying to think that they want to sign him, especially with Man City now reportedly in the race as they’re bound to be able to afford the Brazilian winger.
We’d be kidding ourselves if we thought Raphinha wouldn’t be interested in a move to the Etihad to play for Pep Guardiola at the Premier League title-winners and in the Champions League.
He could go from playing alongside Tyler Roberts and Jack Harrison to Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling. Plus, Guardiola’s rotation policy at the Etihad would mean he’s likely to get enough game-time there to merit a transfer.
Leeds could definitely demand big money for Raphinha if he does move on, which is one plus-point to a potential three-way bidding war for the ex-Rennes winger.
Raphinha arrived in West Yorkshire for £17million last September but is easily worth a lot more than that now.
He’d be worth even more if these three clubs actually make moves to sign him.
Let’s just pray that they keep their hands off the Brazilian ace and eye targets who play elsewhere.
But ultimately, we cannot blame them if they do want Raphinha based on how well he’s done in the Premier League for the Whites.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared a big update on Rodrigo De Paul’s future at Udinese amid Leeds links.