Brazilian website UOL have claimed that Manchester United made an enquiry to sign Leeds United star Raphinha last week after a brilliant start to life in the Premier League following his move from Rennes last summer. It has prompted the player’s agent Deco to seek a meeting with Victor Orta ahead of the summer window.
Raphinha, 24, has been in magnificent form for Leeds this season – shining under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa. He has had a hand in 10 goals during 21 Premier League outings, scoring five and creating five. His best moments include his free-kick against Southampton, his curling effort at West Brom, his first Leeds goal at Everton – and leaving Gary Cahill in a knot.
The player has confirmed that he is happy at Leeds, amid reported interest from Liverpool and United (UOL) just last week – telling the club’s official website that he is satisfied and has settled in well at both the club itself – and the City of Leeds. He has a contract at Elland Road until the summer of 2024, and there has been talk of a new deal on the horizon.
“I’m really happy and satisfied to be part of this club. When I found out Leeds were interested in me, the way they accepted and embraced me on arrival, means I’m very happy now. I’m really well settled in the club and the city,” Raphinha said. However, the latest report claims that Raphinha has become the subject of an enquiry from United.
It is believed that Manchester United have made the enquiry as they look to understand the finances that could be required to lure Raphinha to Old Trafford – a move that has seen Alan Smith and Rio Ferdinand the subject of huge criticism in the past. Raphinha is said to be close friends with Bruno Fernandes, having played alongside him at Sporting Lisbon.
Liverpool are also said to be interested in Raphinha, but it remains to be seen if Leeds are willing to do business – given that he has plenty of time left on his contract and if they are ready to sell him, it is whether Liverpool, United or any other interested parties are ready to pay his asking price.