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Agent of Leeds man reveals transfer interest; compares star to Man Utd flop

The agent of Leeds United star Raphinha has revealed Leeds had to beat interest from two or three Serie A clubs last summer to bring his client to Elland Road.

The Brazilian has proved one of the signings of the season in the Premier League after joining from Rennes.

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Since his October arrival, the 24-year-old has scored five goals and assisted five others in 21 league games.

However, his relationships with colleagues such as Patrick Bamford have proved equally key in helping Leeds become the fifth-highest scorers this term.

Raphinha’s instant connection to the English top flight has already brought about speculation over his future. Indeed, Liverpool and Manchester United are two clubs supposedly keeping watch.

As such, the fact Leeds managed to lure Raphinha to Elland Road for just £17m has seen plenty of eyebrows raised. Not that Leeds would want to sell, but their star man would command a fee at least double the amount they signed him for.

When asked if Leeds had to beat anyone else to his signature last summer, his agent, Deco, has revealed interest from Serie A.

“There was two or three clubs, Italian clubs,” Deco told LUFCFANZONE podcast.

“But the Premier League is the best league and Raphinha wants to play at a high level. His decision was always Leeds because of that.”

Deco was then asked which player Raphinha reminds him of the most and the former Chelsea man was quick to mention costly Manchester United flop Angel Di Maria, who has since proved a huge success at PSG.

“Di Maria. For me I always liked him and Raphinha has the same style, a little bit more goals.

“Left-foot, one against one, these are the kind of players I always enjoy,” he added.

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Raphinha loving life in Leeds

Raphinha, meanwhile, has insisted he’s happy at Leeds and has enjoyed his transition to life in West Yorkshire.

Indeed, he says his only ‘regret’ so far is the lack of spectators at Elland Road due to the pandemic.

“First of all, I’m really happy to be here in Leeds being part of this institution and it’s a real pleasure,” he told LUTV.

“I’m really enjoying the city, despite not being able to see or discover that much of it.

“I’ve really been made welcome here. I’ve been embraced by all the players, the coaching staff, everybody here at the club, the fans as well.

“I’ll be a lot happier when we’re able to see all the fans in the stadium. So yes, I’m doing really well.”

Raphinha hailed the “affection” his colleagues have shown him, adding that they have made life in West Yorkshire “really comfortable”.

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