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Liverpool 'ramping up interest' in Raphinha as Barcelona priced out of move

Liverpool are reportedly ramping up their interest in Leeds United winger Raphinha after Barcelona have seemingly been priced out of a move for the Brazilian.

The Reds seem set to lose Sadio Mane this summer, with the Senegalese forward attracting interest from German giants Bayern Munich as he seems ready to call time on his Anfield spell after 7 years on Merseyside.

And, seeking another forward, The Mirror report that Jurgen Klopp has set his sights on Raphinha, with the Leeds man having previously caught the eye of top Premier League sides following a stellar 2020/21 campaign.

Liverpool 'ramping up interest' in Raphinha as Barcelona priced out of move

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 25: Raphinha of Leeds applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Leeds United at Selhurst Park on April 25, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

12 months on, the Reds are thought to be ‘ramping up’ their interest in the player who ‘fits the bill perfectly for Liverpool’s high energy style under Klopp’.

And, according to the report, they may be willing to offer Japanese forward Takumi Minamino in part exchange for the Brazilian, a man that the Yorkshire side have had an eye on and who excelled at RB Salzburg under Jesse Marsch’s tutelage.

Barcelona priced out

Amid the financial women of Barcelona, ​​unless they sell an asset such as Frenkie De Jong, it seems unlikely that the Blaugrana will be able to stump up the 55m euros that Leeds are demanding following their Premier League survival.

With the added aim to push a deal for Robert Lewandowski over the line at the Camp Nou, it seems as though Liverpool could yet steal a march on the Spanish club for the Leeds wide man.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 38 73 93
2 Liverpool FC 38 68 92
3 Chelsea FC 38 43 74
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 29 71
5 Arsenal FC 38 13 69
6 Manchester United 38 0 58
7 West Ham United 38 9 56
8 Leicester City 38 3 52
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -2 51
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 -5 51
11 Newcastle United 38 -18 49
12 Crystal Palace 38 4 48
13 Brentford FC 38 -8 46
14 Aston Villa 38 -2 45
15th Southampton FC 38 -24 40
16 Everton FC 38 -23 39
17 Leeds United 38 -37 38
18 Burnley FC 38 -19 35
19 Watford FC 38 -43 23
20 Norwich City 38 -61 22
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 23
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 23
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 17
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15th
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15th
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 15th
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Maddison, James Leicester City 12
Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Richarlison Everton FC 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Rafinha Leeds United 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11
Player Team Red Cards Yellow Cards
Mings, Tyrone Aston Villa 0 11
Xhaka, Granit Arsenal FC 1 10
Tarkowski, James Burnley FC 0 11
Firpo, Junior Leeds United 0 11
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 0 10
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 0 10
Brownhill, Josh Burnley FC 0 10
Bednarek, Jan Southampton FC 0 10
Bissouma, Yves Brighton & Hove Albion 0 10
Moreno, Rodrigo Leeds United 0 9
Neves, Ruben Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 9
Romeu, Oriol Southampton FC 0 9
Rudiger, Antonio Chelsea FC 0 9
Mctominay, Scott Manchester United 0 9
Salisu, Mohammed Southampton FC 0 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 0 8
Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 0 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 0 7
Richarlison Everton FC 0 8
Pogba, Paul Manchester United 1 7
Player Team Assists
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Alexander-Arnold, Trent Liverpool FC 12
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City 11
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 10
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 10
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 10
Robertson, Andy Liverpool FC 10
Maddison, James Leicester City 9
James, Rece Chelsea FC 9
Pogba, Paul Manchester United 9
Cancelo, Joao Manchester City 9
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 8
Jesus, Gabriel Manchester City 8
Kulusevski, Dejan Tottenham Hotspur 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 7
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 7
Antonio, Michael West Ham United 7
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 7
Mbeumo, Bryan Brentford FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 6

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