By Craig Scott

26th Jun, 2022 | 10:35am

Stan Collymore urges Liverpool to sign Leeds United star Raphinha amid speculation

Stan Collymore has urged Liverpool to join the race for Leeds United winger Raphinha this summer with a number of their Premier League rivals linked with signing him.

Arsenal were widely reported to have had a bid for Raphinha, 25, rejected by Leeds this week while Barcelona have been linked with the Brazil international for months.

Mohamed Salah’s contract expires next year and Collymore sees Raphinha as the ideal replacement for the Egypt international at Anfield.

“Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and Barcelona have been linked with Leeds star Raphinha,” said Collymore in the Sunday People on 26 June (page 62).

“But my message to my old club Liverpool is: get in there and get him, and future-proof for the prospect of Mo Salah leaving in a year.

“If Jurgen Klopp can show the boy how to play with tactical discipline, the Reds will have one hell of a threat down the left or right, with a promise of goals if he stays high up the pitch rather than drifting.”

Where does he go?

Raphinha seems to be wanted by half of the big-six Premier League clubs and Barcelona.

We’d much rather see the Brazilian head to the Nou Camp than go anywhere in the Premier League too because you worry about him not playing much or coming back to haunt us.

At Spurs, would he even start? Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevski were a very settled front-three last season.

With Arsenal, they’ve got an average manager and aren’t in the Champions League while Chelsea seem as though they might have other targets instead.

At Barcelona, Raphinha would start, he’d play in the Champions League and he’d regularly compete for silverware with one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Unfortunately, Barca don’t look as though they can afford the Brazil international so a move to another Premier League club seems to be certain.

It is odd that Liverpool don’t seem to be seriously considering Raphinha because he would be a good replacement for Salah for them.

However, the Reds might feel as though they can convince Salah to sign an extension or they have other replacements lined up for when the Egypt star does move on.

In other Leeds United news, negotiations have closed on the Whites selling this player, who’s agreed a three-year deal.