With £32m bid expected, Liverpool can reach agreement in line with three-step club policy

In line with the club’s three-step transfer policy, Liverpool can sign Raphinha from Leeds this summer with a deal for the Brazilian ticking all the relevant boxes.

The Daily Star reported in April that all transfers that Michael Edwards is set to work on are subject to the same three-step club policy which saw Liverpool sign French centre-back Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.

The 22-year-old is a huge signing for Jurgen Klopp and we understand he will go straight into the starting XI this season to give Joe Gomez the time and space he needs to recover fully from a nasty patellar tendon injury.

Raphinha, who was outstanding for Leeds United this season, would meet the criteria that the club reportedly looks for when identifying and approaching potential signings.

Leeds United v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League
LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 23: Raphinha of Leeds in action during the Premier League match between Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion at Elland Road on May 23, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Leeds United signed him from Rennes only last summer for a fee in the region of £17m and he could already be on his way if links between Liverpool and the Brazilian are to be believed.

Mercado Ingles reported on the 31st of May that Liverpool are preparing a ‘first official bid’ to sign Raphinha from Leeds this summer worth £32million as the Reds look to bolster their attacking ranks.

This was then refuted by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth before it was claimed by Gianluigi Longari, who said: “Confirmed. Liverpool lead the race for Raphinha but also Manchester United and Manchester City are following the winger. Not a simple deal because Leeds want to keep him.”

Mercado Ingles interestingly added that Leeds are in negotiations with Liverpool over Harry Wilson after the Welshman returned to the club following his loan with Cardiff City.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Raphinha of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium on January 31, 2021 in Leicester, United Kingdom.
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 31: Raphinha of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium on January 31, 2021 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

The most interesting thing about Liverpool’s reported interest in Raphinha is that it would definitely require a major tweak to guarantee him a starting role but this could see the Reds become more clinical in attack.

If his arrival meant Roberto Firmino dropped to the bench, Liverpool’s counter-pressing would suffer but Raphinha is also very good at pressing, with Leeds using a high press to catch sides out in the attacking third.

It would also require a significant role change for Mohamed Salah. Raphinha also plays on the right wing but Liverpool’s no.11 could move to a centre-forward role which he found a lot of success in during his first season at the club.

The former Chelsea winger is Jurgen Klopp’s best finisher and it makes a lot of sense to have him as close to goal as possible while having a player like Raphinha, who is one of the best dribblers in the Premier League, would have a Riyad Mahrez type role in the side.

The Algerian isn’t just there to score goals and assist his teammates although his 23 goal contributions this season suggests he does this very well.

However, his dribbling and insane close control allow him to drive into the box and force defensive lines right onto the six-yard line before the ball is pulled back for one of Ilkay Gundogan or Kevin De Bruyne to finish.

Liverpool could benefit from having a player like this and I can imagine him becoming a fan favourite within a matter of games.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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