Journalist Pete O’Rourke believes Leeds United star Raphinha is on Bayern Munich’s transfer shortlist.
The 25-year-old has impressed this season and is now heavily linked with a move to the Allianz Arena.
What is the latest news about Raphinha?
Last month, TNT Sports alleged that Raphinha was getting closer to a move from Leeds to Bayern in January.
According to the outlet, the deal is said to be worth € 50million (around £ 42million), which is 25 million more pounds than what Los Blancos repaid to Rennes in 2020 when they acquired the Brazilian.
Raphinha has been a revelation since arriving at Elland Road, already signing up 24 Premier League goal contributions, so it’s no surprise that a team like Bayern are chasing him now. His teammate Patrick Bamford even compared it to Champions League winner Angel Di Maria.
However, while TNT Sports claimed that an agreement to bring Raphinha to the German giants was near, the Daily Mirror say it £ 36millionThe ranked Brazil international won’t be pushing to move this month.
What did O’Rourke say about Raphinha at Bayern?
For O’Rourke, one thing is for sure, Bayern are interested in Raphinha, with the transfer insider believing that the uncertainty surrounding Kingsley Coman’s future at the club makes the Leeds star an option for them.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the football journalist said: “Bayern Munich, we all know, a brilliant club, which will probably be German champions again, still competing for the top honors.
“The great thing for them might be that they might need a winger this summer with doubts about Kingsley Coman’s future so I’m sure Raphinha is on their roster.”
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Is an exit from Raphinha inevitable?
It’s starting to look like this. As well as Bayern, Liverpool is also thought he wanted to sign the former Rennais.
The player’s agent, Deco, also hinted at a move. The ex-Chelsea and Barcelona star said Globo in October: “Raphinha is happy at Leeds, but there will certainly come a time when he wants to take a step forward in his career and move forward.
“He has three years left on his contract, but there is nothing to indicate how long he needs to stay or to prevent transfers.”
Given where Leeds is located in the chart now, not yet completely immune to relegation issues, selling Raphinha in January would be sheer madness.
Former Sporting Lisbon player has scored eight goals in 17 games to help keep Marcelo Bielsa’s men out of the drop zone. Without a doubt, it could be very difficult to replace in this transfer window.