Liverpool are being linked with a move for Barcelona star Raphinha this January as Jurgen Klopp weighs up adding a winger this winter. Raphinha has been away from the Premier League since the summer before last, when he left Leeds United for Camp Nou.
His involvement has varied since then, and amid talk he could leave ahead of the second half of the season, Liverpool are being linked with a deal. Here we round up all the latest reports surrounding the potential transfer.
Liverpool are said to be interested in a move for Raphinha ahead of the January transfer window. Fichajes have reported that Barca could be willing to sell the Brazilian this winter amid reduced involvement for the winger.
Raphinha featured heavily amid Ousmane Dembélé’s injury troubles last season, but he has seen his game time reduced significantly this season with the emergence of young star Lamine Yamal. Liverpool are now being linked with a move as they potentially look to add attacking options.
One factor in a possible Raphinha sale could be the outstanding money Barca still owe Leeds United for his transfer. According to Spanish outlet ARA, Barca still owe £32.8million of the £55million agreed to pay for Raphinha during the summer before last. It’s claimed all of that figure is due to be paid in the ‘short term’.
Naturally, Leeds reserve the right to use financial institutions to claim that money if cash-strapped Barca can’t or do not make the payment. Barca could offset the payment by selling Raphinha in January and giving Leeds what they are due.