Paper Talk: Raphinha relief for Leeds as Liverpool push hard for £50m alternative

Raphinha Leeds United winger during the Premier League game against West Ham at Elland Road

Liverpool have no plans to sign Raphinha and are readying an approach instead to sign a £50m-rated Belgian, Steven Gerrard has dropped a hint over the Newcastle job, while Saturday’s transfer gossip claims Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a message to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his game-time at Manchester United.


Liverpool have no plans at this stage to try and sign Raphinha from Leeds next summer – with Jurgen Klopp reportedly setting his sights on an alternative.

The Whites signed the winger in a bargain £17m swoop from Rennes last summer, scoring six times as they finished ninth.

And he has started this season in electric form, with three goals from seven Premier League appearances.

But it’s a call-up to the Brazil national side that has really brought him to world attention. Having impressed as a substitute in two games earlier this week, Raphinha was handed a start in Friday morning’s clash against Uruguay.

And he did not disappoint, scoring two and assisting in another as Brazil ran out 4-1 winners.

That form has increased talk of a move to Liverpool, with his agent Deco confirming their interest.

And his Brazil teammate Fabinho has also encouraged Klopp to make a move.

“Raphinha, since he arrived in the Premier League, has been performing and standing out very well at Leeds,” Fabinho said.

“Even in the summer transfer market there was some talk that he could go to Liverpool, I even expected that to happen, but he stayed at Leeds.

Liverpool to prioritise Jeremy Doku over Leeds' Raphinha

With Jurgen Klopp looking to bolster his attack, a move for Doku looks more likely than Raphinha

“Today he is the best player in Leeds. Whenever a team is going to play against them, they know that Raphinha is the player who can cause the most danger.”

However, according to the Daily Express, it is Jeremy Doku who is Klopp’s No 1 target.

The Rennes winger has hit the high notes in Ligue 1 with Rennes. And having tracked him for a number of years, he’s the man Klopp wants to bring to Anfield.

Any deal will cost around £50m – but that seems cheap compared to the minimum £70-£80m Leeds value Raphinha at.


Rangers boss Steven Gerrard giving a thumbs up

Steven Gerrard admits developments at Newcastle United are fascinating, where he says excitement is building and their long-suffering supporters deserve a break. (The Times)

Amanda Staveley insists she did not use a loan facility from Mike Ashley in her deal to buy Newcastle United. (The Times)

FIFA is planning a crackdown on agents representing both the player and a club in deals. The move will see the intermediaries lose out on tens of millions of pounds. (The Times)

Cristiano Ronaldo has told Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘I’m fit to start every Premier League game.’ (The Sun)

Manchester United stars have made just a 10-minute flight for their game against Leicester. (The Sun)


Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski gesturing to Borussia Dortmund fans

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski could be on his way to Manchester City according to his agent Pini Zahavi. (The Sun)

Claudio Ranieri’s appointment as Watford manager is a no-brainer and he will have ‘instant respect’ from the players, claims Troy Deeney. (The Sun)

Norwich are big admirers of and may soon launch a bid to sign Aberdeen wonderkid Calvin Ramsay. (The Sun)

The United Kingdom’s joint World Cup 2030 bid with the Republic of Ireland looks likely to be rejected by UEFA. (Daily Mail)

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters remains under pressure for his handling of the Newcastle takeover, with numerous clubs feeling angry and that they were kept in the dark. (Daily Mail)

Amanda Staveley appears to have been passed over for the role of chief executive at Newcastle, much to plenty of surprise. (Daily Mail)


A large poster van displaying an image of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be prominent around St James’ Park before Newcastle’s first game under Saudi ownership on Sunday. (Daily Mail)

Marcus Rashford spent last weekend’s international break watching Halifax Town vs Weymouth in the National League. (Daily Mail)

The EFL will argue that Derby could trigger a flood of clubs going into administration if they successfully overturn their 12-point penalty. (Daily Mail)

Gary Neville claims Liverpool star Mohamed Salah will still leave Anfield for one of three major European clubs. (Daily Mirror)

A whole host of Premier League clubs are preparing to enter a bidding war for Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona will finish fifth in La Liga this season, a supercomputer has predicted. (Daily Mirror)