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Liverpool face competition to sign £34m rated Leeds United winger as Chelsea enter January transfer race

Liverpool face competition to sign £34m rated Leeds United winger as Chelsea enter January transfer race
Liverpool face competition to sign £34m rated Leeds United winger as Chelsea enter January transfer race

A titanic Premier League transfer battle could be about to unfold in the January window as two title challengers target a Brazilian international.

Liverpool have reportedly been interested in bringing Leeds United star man Raphinha to Anfield for several months now but it looks like they may have competition for the Brazilian’s signature just as the January transfer window gets set to open.

Chelsea are understood to have entered the race to sign the 25-year old and it looks like he will be in high demand next month.

Other top clubs in European Football have also been rumoured to be keen as Marcelo Bielsa could face a fight to keep his top goalscorer at Elland Road.

Here’s everything you need to know about the latest transfer news surrounding Raphinha.

How likely are Leeds United to sell Raphinha in January?

Although Leeds United have openly admitted that they will have to consider players sales in order to follow a similar model to Leicester City, they are doing their best to keep hold of Raphinha.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Brazilian’s contract is due to run out on June 30 2024 and talks are ongoing over an improved deal at Elland Road.

Leeds signed the winger from Rennes in October 2020 for £17 million and would probably look for more than double that amount to let him leave next month.

The 25-year old is thought to be valued somewhere in the £34 million region but, with the Whites currently fighting a relegation battle in the Premier League, they may have even less desire to sell their current MVP.

Who is interested in signing Raphinha?

Liverpool have been linked with Raphinha for months now and it looked as if they would have to compete with German heavyweights Bayern Munich to sign the Brazilian.

However, talk of a move to the Bundesliga side has cooled and the latest reports have claimed that Chelsea are set to “enter the race” to land the winger.

The Blues are thought to be looking to strengthen their firepower in the January transfer window with many of their attacking midfield options failing to regularly find the back of the net this season.

A move to Stamford Bridge for Raphinha could spell the end for the likes of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech – who have both been linked with moves away from the Blues.

 

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