Report: Raphinha has rejected Liverpool; Minamino would've joined Leeds
Raphinha has rejected an offer from Liverpool, with the Reds prepared to send Takumi Minamino to Elland Road in a bid to sign the Leeds United this summer, according to a report from Sport.
Another day, another host of reports concerning Raphinha. For much of the year, it has appeared that he may be Barcelona-bound. In fact, reports have claimed that he has already agreed personal terms on a five-year deal at the Nou Camp.
However, the two clubs find themselves some way apart in their valuations of the Brazil international. Leeds want at least £56 million. And with that, Liverpool appeared to return to the race.
Reports at the weekend suggested that Jurgen Klopp wants Raphinha as Sadio Mane’s replacement amid speculation over the forward’s future.
And it seems that some kind of offer has now been made to the Leeds talisman. Sport suggests that Raphinha has rejected the chance to join Liverpool. He apparently only has eyes for Barcelona.
Leeds however, were open to the possibility of doing business with the Reds. And Sport suggests that Klopp’s men were prepared to include Minamino in a bid for the winger.
Raphinha has rejected Liverpool
There have been plenty of updates from Spain on what the future holds for Raphinha. And it may well be that he is indeed prioritising a move to Barcelona.
However, he would surely be open to the possibility of joining Liverpool. The Reds were on for an incredible quadruple right until the final day of the Premier League campaign this past season.
So it would be a surprise if he ruled a move out at this stage. Ultimately, if Barcelona are not prepared to pay the money, Leeds are not going to do business, it seems.
Raphinha – who is an ‘unbelievable‘ player – may also not take too kindly to Barca’s reluctance to meet the asking price. If they were that desperate, surely there would not be talk of the Catalan giants wanting to pay no more than £34 million.