Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish believes Raphinha’s head is turned by Liverpool’s apparent interest, predicting the winger to move to Merseyside soon.
Raphinha is slowly becoming the star everyone predicted him to become after a promising early start to his Leeds United career. Despite only arriving in the summer of 2020, he is already tipped to move away, with Liverpool interested in recruiting him.
Raphinha has been called up to the Brazil squad and regularly featured in the past couple of international breaks. His performances for the national side have attracted praises from Chelsea star Thiago Silva, while otherwise, his consistent displays are moving heads from across England and Europe.
PSG are understandably interested in a move, although the Brazilian is expected to remain in the Premier League and possibly join the likes of Liverpool to prolong his spell in England. Former Portugal star Deco recently confirmed Liverpool’s interest in the Brazilian
It appears former Scotland manager Alex McLeish has joined the list of people expecting the winger to join Liverpool. Speaking to Football Insider, he claimed that the interest might have already turned Raphinha’s head towards a move.
McLeish said, “Leeds United back in the day were European Cup finalists. They were a really strong team many, many years ago. Liverpool are historically bigger, and you would expect Raphinha’s head to be turned if they do come asking about. I feel players will want to go to that bigger club. They don’t come much bigger than Liverpool these days.
“Raphinha has got huge talent, only 24. At the same time, you maybe don’t see him playing regularly every single week (at Liverpool). That’s something the individual has to assess,” he added, suggesting that the winger has a big decision to make as we head towards the January transfer window.
Raphinha played yet again for Brazil during the latest international break, notably tussling with Argentina. He has since returned to England and is set to be involved in the action once again when Leeds United lock horns with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. The 24-year-old has scored five goals in ten league games this term and will be hoping to add to his tally.
As far as a move to Liverpool is concerned, only time will tell if the Brazilian international ends up leaving Elland Road to move to Anfield.