Raphinha’s agent, former Chelsea and Barcelona playmaker Deco, has confirmed that Liverpool had been within the Leeds winger this summer season and a future transfer has not been dominated out
Liverpool’s bid to replenish their ageing assault is seeing them linked with a bunch of thrilling gamers, together with Leeds star Raphinha.
The 24-year-old has starred for Brazil over the worldwide break and his agent, former Chelsea and Barcelona playmaker Deco, has confirmed that the Reds enquired concerning the winger in the course of the summer season transfer window.
Although Raphinha in the end stayed put at Elland Road, he harbours ambitions “to play at a higher level,” having joined Leeds final yr from Rennes for £17 million, happening to rack up six targets and 9 assists in 30 top-flight appearances.
“Raphinha became an important player in the Premier League, the club knows he has grown and things will happen naturally,” Deco mentioned, through Globo Esporte.
“He is young, he has many challenges ahead, there are certainly several clubs that like him, and Liverpool do like him, there were approaches, but nothing official.
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“Leeds wanted to keep him for another season,” the Portuguese confirmed.
“Raphinha has a market, and Leeds have high expectations, it was never a project in a hurry.
“He has ambitions to play at the next stage regardless of Leeds being within the Premier League.
“But this is not the time and his focus, things will happen naturally,” Deco acknowledged.
“He has a three-year contract, but it’s not the contract that defines the length of stay or prevents a transfer.
“Leeds are conscious, they’ll wish to make an necessary sale, and Raphinha will find yourself rising in his profession.”
With Jurgen Klopp ‘s famed forward line all turning 30 by the start of next season, his club are preparing for a new era in attack.
The interest may additionally come from the Anfield dressing room, with Brazil team-mates Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho all experiencing Raphinha’s qualities up shut after he received first two caps for the nationwide group for final week.
And the latter Liverpool man needs him to affix the Merseyside membership, not too long ago revealing, as quoted by Brazilian outlet UOL : “Since he [Raphinha] arrived in the Premier League he has had very good performances and highlights.
“For Liverpool, I hoped that will occur. But in the long run, he stayed with Leeds,” Fabinho explained.
“He’s Leeds’ greatest participant at present. Whenever we play towards them, we all know he’s the participant who could cause probably the most hazard.”
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Like the Reds trio, the ex-Sporting Lisbon vast man is ready to swiftly journey again to England from worldwide responsibility following Brazil’s World Cup qualifier towards Uruguay in Manaus within the early hours of Friday morning.
But Leeds supervisor Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed he is not going to threat Raphinha if he’s drained come kick-off at 3pm the following day, when the Yorkshire outfit journey to face Southampton at St Mary’s.
“There’s no doubt that it’s a short turnaround,” Bielsa admitted.
“The options he has to participate in the game on Saturday depend on whether he plays the full game, how many minutes he plays, how he finishes the game and then if he does play, how good the rest is that he has in the next 36 hours, and a third of those hours he will spend flying.”
The Peacocks’ boss added: “If there’s a risk that fatigue causes injury, then we won’t risk it.”
“There are so many aspects to consider that I can’t offer any more certainty.”