Manchester United is the latest club who have entered the race to sign Brazilian winger Raphinha. The Red Devils are willing to pay a huge sum to bring him to Old Trafford, according to Sport.
Raphinha can be an excellent addition to United. He is an electric dribbler, with consistent output. Even in a season where Leeds battled relegation, Raphinha contributed to 14 goals. This is a testament to his quality.
A quick look at a compilation video of his will tells you that the former Porto man is a delight to watch as well. A player who loves the ball at his feet, and exudes the spirit of Joga Bonito.
An attacker like that can raise the profile of any team in the world. When combined with Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, Raphinha can reach new heights. Manchester United as a whole can only benefit from such a deadly trio.
A large sum of money will be required to secure his services though. Given the historical animosity that exists between Leeds and Manchester United, a signing would be made only more difficult.
Raphinha also seems to be a fan favorite at Elland Road and reciprocates the admiration. This makes a move to their bitter rivals even more unlikely.
Current Status of Raphinha
Raphinha has been approached by many clubs till now. This is no surprise, given his exceptional talent. However, his priority from the beginning has always been FC Barcelona.
Raphinha’s agent is ex-Barcelona player Deco, and he too wants his client to sign for the Catalan giants. However, they are in a financial crisis of sorts and are finding it difficult to conjure up the money. Deco has assured Barcelona President Joan Laporta that his client will wait for the La Liga titans to fix the financial situation despite any offers that may be on the table.
Manchester United too will not give up. Sources have claimed that The Red Devils have called Deco numerous times to inquire about the winger’s situation and readiness to join them. According to reports, Man Utd has made a bid that is too high for Barcelona to match and has very favorable terms.
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