Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell claims that Leeds United playmaker Raphinha is “too pricey” for Premier League side Liverpool.
The Yorkshire club signed the Brazilian in October 2020 for around £17m in one of the bargains of last season with the playmaker contributing six goals and nine assists in the Premier League.
He has started in similar form this term with Raphinha bagging six goals in 12 Premier League matches despite Leeds’ lowly position in the table.
The Brazil international has been linked with a move to Liverpool with Raphinha’s agent recently confirming that the Reds “do like” his client.
Fabrizio Romano recently claimed that Leeds were asking for £60m for the 24-year-old last summer and Campbell reckons that would prove to be too much for Liverpool to splash out.
Reacting to Raphinha’s price tag, Campbell told Football Insider: “I think that’s a very fair valuation for him.
“That is the going rate right now for a Brazilian international who scores and creates goals. If you are going to get any change out of £60million then you have done well.
“That probably makes a deal too pricey for Liverpool right now. I’m sure there will be other takers at £60million though.
“Raphinha knows the Premier League well and he is performing week in, week out. He would be an amazing signing for somebody if they can stump up the money.”
When recently was asked whether he would like to be playing in the Champions League soon, Raphinha told Spanish newspaper AS: “Of course. I’m very happy at Leeds and hopefully we can play in the Champions League.”
Raphinha also heaped praise on Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa during the same interview, claiming the players at Leeds are “very lucky” to have him as their coach.
He added: “From my first days at the club, I already saw how special Bielsa was. He’s a guy who works a lot, who knows a lot about football.
“He’s the typical professional who dedicates 100% of his time to the institution that he represents and we are very lucky that he’s our coach.
“He knows how to get the most out of each one of us. This makes us raise our level.”
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