Signed in October for £17 million from Rennes, Raphinha has been a revelation in Leeds’ impressive first season back in the top-flight since 2004.
With four goals and four assists in his last 10 Premier League appearances, Leeds have climbed into the top half. Furthermore, his pace, work ethic and tenacity mark him as a Klopp-esque forward.
Ex-Leeds striker and current Matchday co-commentator for BBC Radio Leeds, Noel Whelan, has addressed rumours linking the Brazilian to Liverpool.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds on Monday, Whelan firmly expressed his belief that the club will not sell the forward.
They can knock on the door, but we are not a selling club, we are not a club in financial difficulties. We are rebuilding the team and he is part of this rebuilding process.
We are going to add other players in the summer as well; that is going to compliment him and the rest of the players we have got at this football club, that is all it is
Following 49ers Enterprises recently increasing their stake in the club, Leeds may well spend even more in the summer.
We are going to add other players who’re going to complement Raphinha.
However, Whelan also bemoaned the possibility of Leeds selling their star forward.
If we sell him that is a travesty and that goes against everything what we are trying to do. It is like a fine wine, you hold it for longer and longer, he is worth more. That is Raphinha right now.
The summer signing is clearly valued amongst the Leeds faithful. At only 24 years of age, the best part of his career is still ahead of him. Rumours continue to circulate around the future of Liverpool’s current front three, particularly concerning a possible summer move for Mohamed Salah to Real Madrid.
Would Raphinha be a realistic prospect come the end of this season?