Deco admits Leeds United ace Raphinha was subjected to interest from Liverpool
Speaking to Globo Esporte (h/t Liverpool Echo), former Barcelona star, Deco, has revealed that Raphinha was a subject of interest for Liverpool. The Portuguese icon represents the Leeds player as his agent and has thus confirmed the Reds’ interest in the player.
The 24-year-old is on a brilliant run of form having had a great impact for Brazil in the South American World Cup qualifiers. In his first full debut for his country, he netted two goals against Uruguay in what was eventually a 4-1 win.
The Samba star has impressed in the three matches that he was involved in during this international break. He also had two assists coming off the bench against Venezuela in his debut for the Selecao.
“Raphinha became an important player in the Premier League, the club knows he has grown and things will happen naturally.”
In the Premier League, he has scored three goals in seven matches for a Leeds side that is otherwise struggling. His impact at Elland Road has been such that it is impossible for Liverpool to not pay attention.
Deco goes on to add that despite interest being known, there was no official approach from the Merseysiders for his client’s services. Curiously, he has not ruled out Raphinha leaving Leeds in the future. He said:
“He has ambitions to play at a higher level despite Leeds being in the Premier League. But this is not the time and his focus, things will happen naturally.“
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Raphinha had previously moved to Elland Road in a move that saw Leeds pay £17 million to the French club Rennes. The winger had also garnered interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United during the summer transfer window.
Playing under Bielsa is a great opportunity that a player can have as one is subjected to the Argentine’s philosophy. However, Leeds as a club is not ready to challenge for major honours.
Liverpool are currently a step up and could provide the Brazilian with the stage he seeks to not only improve but also compete for the biggest prizes in the sport.