Liverpool have been urged to signal Leeds United winger Raphinha this summer season, after the Brazilian opened up on the switch rumours linking him with a transfer to Anfield.
Former Reds defender Jose Enrique says the ahead can be an ideal signing for the membership as a ‘extra inexpensive’ different to Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.
Liverpool’s rumoured curiosity within the Leeds ace has been reported for months, with fellow Premier League giants and fierce rivals Manchester United additionally mentioned to be eager.
Raphinha joined Leeds final October for round £17million from Ligue 1 aspect Rennes, and has been a slowburner hit at Elland Highway with six objectives, 9 assists and a rising presence within the crew as his debut marketing campaign rolled on.
Having signed a four-year contract, the 24-year-old insisted he has no ideas about leaving Leeds simply but, as he spoke concerning the love he feels from supporters.
However he admitted his admiration for Liverpool and United, and even revealed his shut friendships with various their gamers – together with Liverpool’s Brazilian star Roberto Firmino.
“It’s troublesome to outline how I really feel once I hear hypothesis about large groups like Liverpool and Manchester United serious about signing me,” Raphinha mentioned in an interview with UOL Sport.
“Man, I grew up watching these groups on tv. I noticed Rooney, Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, however I additionally noticed Gerrard, in addition to others like Henry, Deco, Lampard.
“There are such a lot of gamers of such high quality that it’s troublesome to say if I mirrored one among them. I cherished watching and dreamed of enjoying right here.
“And at present I’m making folks pleased with my soccer. I’m not solely speaking concerning the different golf equipment, but additionally Leeds, who was the one who guess on me.
“They’re all very completely satisfied, together with the followers who appear to have an incredible affection for me.
“I’ve a contract for an additional 4 years and I don’t even take into consideration leaving right here for precisely this purpose: I’m completely satisfied and making others completely satisfied.”
Raphinha additionally revealed the nice and cozy welcome to the Premier League he obtained from Firmino when he signed for the Yorkshire membership, saying he was the primary participant to message him following his arrival.
However he’s not the one Liverpool participant he’s friends with, because the Leeds man admitted he’s additionally mates with three Man United gamers.
“Humorous that I’ve mates in each golf equipment,” he mentioned.
“Bruno Fernandes performed with me for a yr that appeared like many extra at Sporting [Lisbon]. He turned virtually an older brother.
“We discuss day by day, however no soccer, simply our antics. Even from a distance, it helps me lots.
“At United there’s Alex Telles. I didn’t even know what number of occasions in opposition to him, a tough scorer, however at all times with respect. There’s Fred, who’s from the South too.
“However in Liverpool there’s Alisson who’s from the South too, so the whole lot stays the identical. There’s nonetheless Fabinho, who’s from the identical place as Firmino and I.
“In truth, do you know that Firmino was the primary man who texted me once I got here right here? He’s an incredible good friend.”
And, after studying Raphinha’s feedback concerning the Reds and their gamers, Enrique mentioned he can be an ideal signing for Jurgren Klopp’s aspect.
“Hopefully we are able to signal him, it is going to be an incredible addition for our squad,” mentioned the Spaniard – who performed for Liverpool between 2011 and 2016 and stays an enormous lover of the Reds.
“What do you suppose? I might go extra for a participant like Haaland or Mbappe however he’s much more inexpensive.
“What you suppose, Reds?”
Extra inexpensive? He’s positively not mistaken there…
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