Liverpool have one of the most enviable attacks in Europe right now and certainly aren’t struggling for goals, so it’s interesting that Fabrizio Romano says they’re still looking to strengthen the side by signing Leeds United forward Raphinha.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have scored 39 goals in 13 Premier League games this season and boast 34 goals in all competitions from their three most-used attackers – Mohamed Salah (17), Sadio Mane (9), Diogo Jota (8) – but they’re always looking to improve.
Raphinha joined Leeds from Stade Rennais in 2020 and has gone on to make 42 appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals with nine assists. The 24-year-old has been in fine form this season too, netting five goals in 11 Premier League games while creating 22 chances and having 29 successful dribbles, so it’s not a surprise that Liverpool are paying attention.
He won’t come cheap, however. Leeds want around £60m for the Brazilian who earns £63k-per-week/£3.3m-a-year, so it would cost Liverpool just shy of £70m to sign him and pay his wages for the remainder of his existing Leeds contract.
Raphinha’s asking price was too high for the Merseysiders over the summer, so it remains to be seen if they’ll return, but Romano says there is an interest from Liverpool nevertheless. The fact he has three years left on his deal at Elland Road means Leeds are under no obligation to cash in. Why would they?
And with Salah, Mane and Jota firing on all cylinders, it might be difficult adding another attack to the squad who probably should be a regular given the price tag. Raphinha isn’t better than what Klopp currently has, so he’d be a very expensive bench player.
Salah is only 29, Mane is only 29 and Jota is 24, so there’s no suggestion any one of the trio will be moved on because they’ve peaked. Raphinha, while talented, is probably not better than what Liverpool already have.