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Raphinha’s brilliant season with Leeds

Leeds United have enjoyed a brilliant return to the top flight this season, defying all expectations to finish ninth in the Premier League under maverick boss Marcelo Bielsa.

While a large part of this success can be put down to players at the club during their Championship-winning campaign, the signings that the Yorkshire side have made have also made valuable contributions.

Of these, it is Brazilian winger Raphinha that has caught the eye. Signed from Ligue 1 side Rennes on transfer deadline day, the 24-year-old has contributed six goals and nine assists for Bielsa’s side, sparking interest from top sides around the world.

Liverpool not yet made contact:

There were rumours that Liverpool lead the race for Raphinha’s signature that spread across social media this afternoon. Gianluigi Longari also claimed that Manchester United and Manchester City were both interested in signing the versatile player, which is perhaps the biggest indicator of his performance levels for Leeds this season

However, these rumours were quickly quashed by Graham Smyth, who is considered to be a top source for Liverpool news. Smyth commented that although Liverpool will surely be among the clubs keeping an eye on the winger, they are yet to make any content with the Yorkshire club over a transfer.

Backup is needed for Liverpool, who will lose both Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane to the African Cup of Nations midway through the season. At present, Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Diogo Jota are the options to cover the pair, but it is though that at least Origi and Shaqiri will be moved on this summer.

Raphinha would be a fantastic signing for Jurgen Klopp’s side, and would add another dimension to their side in attack. However, no contact has been made so far, and it would appear that only a substantial bid would change that.


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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 38 51 86
2 Manchester United FC 38 29 74
3 Liverpool FC 38 26 69
4 Chelsea FC 38 22 67
5 Leicester City FC 38 18 66
6 West Ham United FC 38 15 65
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 23 62
8 Arsenal FC 38 16 61
9 Leeds United 38 8 59
10 Everton FC 38 -1 59
11 Aston Villa FC 38 9 55
12 Newcastle United FC 38 -16 45
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 38 -16 45
14 Crystal Palace FC 38 -25 44
15 Southampton FC 38 -21 43
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 38 -6 41
17 Burnley FC 38 -22 39
18 Fulham FC 38 -26 28
19 West Bromwich Albion 38 -41 26
20 Sheffield United FC 38 -43 23
Player Team Goals
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 23
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 22
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 17
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 17
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 17
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 16
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 15
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 14
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 12
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 12
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 12
Iheanacho, Kelechi Leicester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 11
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 11
Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 11
Bale, Gareth Tottenham Hotspur FC 11
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 11
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 10

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