‘They do like him’ – Leeds player’s agent confirms interest from Liverpool

Lewis Oldham
Leeds attacker Raphinha

The agent of Leeds United player Raphinha has revealed that Liverpool “do like” the winger but they did not make an official bid for him during the summer.

The Brazillian made the move to the Premier League last summer. Leeds paid around £17m to sign him from Rennes.

Raphinha was one of the standout players in the division last season. He grabbed six goals and nine assists in the league last year.

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He has been linked with a move to Liverpool over the past few months. 

This did not come to fruition during the summer and he has started the new season at Leeds brightly. He made his debut for Brazil during the international break.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Raphinha’s agent (Deco) has revealed that Liverpool were interested in him during the summer:

“Raphinha has become an important player in the Premier League, the club knows he has grown and things will happen naturally.

“He’s young, he has many challenges ahead, there are certainly several clubs that like him, and Liverpool do like him, there were surveys, but nothing official. Leeds wanted to keep him for another season.

“Raphinha is happy at Leeds and for sure the time will come to take the biggest leap in her career, to take a step forward. He has a three-year contract, but it is not the contract that defines the length of stay or prevents transfers. Leeds is aware, they will want to make an important sale, and Raphinha will end up growing in his career.”

Elsewhere, Liverpool star Fabinho has suggested that he “expected” Raphinha to join the club this summer:

“Raphinha, since he arrived in the Premier League, has been performing and standing out very well at Leeds.

“Even in the summer transfer market, there was some talk that he could go to Liverpool, I even expected that to happen, but he stayed at Leeds.

“Today he is the best player in Leeds. Whenever a team is going to play against them, they know that Raphinha is the player who can cause the most danger.