Raphinha wants to leave Leeds United, offering himself to Champions League clubs
Leeds winger Raphinha is actively offering himself to Champions League clubs as his Barcelona move becomes less likely, according to Mundo Deportivo [June 8].
The Catalan giants have been linked with a move for the Brazilian international, but as they prioritise a deal for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski they are yet to make any official contact with the Whites about a transfer.
With the 25-year-old keen to play in the Champions League to increase his chances of playing at the World Cup, he has begun to seek other interested parties including Premier League giants Liverpool.
The report claims that Raphinha is prioritising a move to Barcelona and wants to play for the La Liga club, however he isn’t willing to wait too long in case it means he misses out on a move altogether.
They suggest that Leeds would be open to doing a deal with Liverpool, who could look to offer Takumi Minamino as a makeweight to lower the financial demands and get a deal done.
There is so much noise around this transfer right now that it’s really difficult to know what to believe, but this seems likely and plausible.
Jesse Marsch has previously worked with Minamino when they were at Salzburg together and the Japan international looks sure to leave Anfield this summer in search of more regular football.
If Raphinha is intent on leaving Elland Road then the club should probably find a way to make a deal with someone, because the worst thing that could happen is to have an unhappy key man sitting at the club and not want to be there.
Liverpool are looking for a replacement for Sadio Mane who wants to leave the club and join Bayern Munich and the former Rennes man would make plenty of sense.
If a deal can be structured that makes sense for all parties then it would be good to do, and it now seems as though the player is willing to move somewhere that isn’t Barcelona.
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