Liverpool could ‘have the edge’ over Barcelona for the summer signing of Leeds United winger Raphinha, according to financial expert Dr Dan Plumley.
The Lowdown: Raphinha in motion
The Brazilian has been an impressive performer for Los Blancos over the past two seasons, scoring 17 goals and 12 assists.
Raphinha could well move on before the start of next season as he may be looking for a new challenge ahead of this winter’s World Cup.
The Latest: Liverpool gave Raphinha hope
Talk to Football InsiderPlumley claimed the Reds could have an advantage over the La Liga giants financially, with journalist Pete O’Rourke having recently claimed that a £60million offer could be enough to persuade Leeds to sell.
The financial expert said:
“Barcelona have to be careful. They have to be selective with the players they want. Liverpool have the advantage, you imagine, if they like Raphinha.
“The reason why Barcelona are in this situation is because of the wage restrictions in the league. They have a soft salary cap. This is where the league tells clubs what they can spend each year on transfers and wages.
“It is linked to financial indicators regarding income, debt and liabilities. This is also the performance of the previous year.
“The league that set the figure and the clubs have to comply. That’s why Barcelona can’t register these players.
“When you compare Barcelona and Liverpool, all things considered, Liverpool have the advantage from a bargaining point of view. They are in a better position.”
The Verdict: Is Raphinha Necessary?
Raphinha is undoubtedly a fantastic player – he has been greeted as a ‘magician’ by his Leeds team-mate Dan James – and he looks set to have a big future ahead of him wherever he goes.
Whether Liverpool need him this summer is up for debate, however, with Darwin Nunez from and Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino also representing great attacking options.
The only way a move for Raphinha could be necessary is for Salah to take center stage, allowing the Leeds star to take his place on the right side – but then what would that mean for Diaz and Nunez?
Barcelona appear to be the likeliest option for the Brazil international, with Xavi arguably more in need of attacking reinforcements at the moment than Jurgen Klopp.
In other news, Fabrizio Romano has released a key Liverpool transfer update. Learn more here.