Leeds United Transfers: Raphinha tipped to join PL giants, Ross Barkley, Kalvin Phillips replacement

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Rivaldo urges Raphinha to join Liverpool

Brazilian legend Rivaldo has urged his compatriot and Leeds United star Raphinha to join Liverpool in order to up his career.

The 24-year-old Brazilian winger moved to Elland Road last year and has since been a key player for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

He also recently netted a double for La Selecao against Uruguay in the World Cup Qualifiers, earning his maiden senior cap last month.

However, Former Barcelona star Rivaldo feels Raphinha’s move to a top club like Liverpool could be a big step in his career. The former Rennes star was linked with a move to Anfield in the summer transfer window.

Rivaldo said (h/t Football 365): “Raphinha performed well on his debut for Brazil, but he was already shining in the Premier League with Leeds United and there are rumours of interest from Liverpool.

“If he were to make the move, he may not be a regular starter, but I’m sure it would be a big step in his career.

“It would allow him to compete for titles and play in the Champions League which could be crucial for more call ups into the Brazilian national team.

“He has the quality to play for a bigger club. He is playing excellent football and a player always wants more and stronger challenges, so he would benefit from a transfer.”

Leeds tipped to move for Ross Barkley

Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish believes that Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley would be a good signing for Leeds.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Elland Road ahead of the January transfer window while several other Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on his situation.

Barkley is currently down the pecking order of Thomas Tuchel and Blues could allow him to leave Stamford Bridge in January.

McLeish said (h/t Leeds Live): “He’s got the quality. There’s no doubt about it. He has the quality and is a good name to pluck out of who’s available.

“Rodrigo is a good player, there’s no doubt. You just don’t bring players to Leeds if they’re not of that level.

“But Barkley’s got the experience and also the confidence to help other players in the team. He’s never really made himself a permanent fixture. Could he do that at Leeds? They certainly could be doing with a wee spark.”

Kalvin Phillips’ replacement identified

Kalvin Phillips has been pivotal for Marcelo Bielsa over the last two seasons and his stock has hiked after the Euro 2020 campaign with the England national team.

Leeds might have to part ways with the 25-year-old at some point and even if they manage to stick with him, a perfect replacement or second choice is needed to keep up his consistency.

The White can look up to Bodo/Glimt youngster Patrick Berg, who shone in the win against AS Roma in the Conference league.

The 23-year-old put on a stunning performance against Jose Mourinho’s side as a holding midfielder.