Liverpool have been very active in the transfer market as Jurgen klopp tends to add more signing to his squad by submitting a bid of £65M for star player as they await his decision.
Raphinha of Leeds United is reportedly a target for both Liverpool and Chelsea.
Sport in Spain reaffirmed Liverpool’s interest in the Brazil international last week, after periods in which Jurgen Klopp’s team were not very connected.
Chelsea had been the front-runner at that period to recruit the Leeds attacker, who the Elland Road team is seeking for £65 million [The Daily Mail].
Sport, however, said that the player had directly requested Deco, his agent, to discourage the Stamford Bridge club from making any more attempts to recruit him.
The youngster has his heart set on joining Barcelona, according to a new report from 90 Min.
The player is already in Spain and is awaiting permission to leave for his physical, according to the source, which also states that an agreement between Leeds and the Blaugrana is imminent.
This is a setback if Liverpool were actually interested.
This is due to the fact that Sadio Mane and Takumi Minamino, two wide players Klopp lost this summer, and none of them were replaced.
You can see why the German manager and Thomas Tuchel apparently wanted the 24-year-old so badly given that Raphinha is an established Premier League talent.
Chelsea will recover, and a player of a comparable calibre, Raheem Sterling of Manchester City, has been strongly linked to them.
Apart from Raphinha, there isn’t much talk about Klopp adding another winger to Liverpool, and it’s unclear what the Reds’ backup plan will be if and when the South American joins the Camp Nou club.