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Man Utd muscle in to rival Liverpool in pursuit of influential Leeds ace

Manchester United have joined the race to sign Raphinha from Leeds United, according to one journalist.

Raphinha has been something of a revelation since joining Leeds from Rennes in the summer. The £17m transfer fee already looks to have been a bargain.

The winger has provided four goals and five assists from his first 18 Premier League appearances. He has five goal contributions overall from his last five games.

Raphinha’s form has been a major boost for Leeds, but it also may become a cause of concern for them, since the Brazilian is now attracting transfer interest.

Liverpool have emerged as a contender to sign him in the summer, as they look for further attacking reinforcements.

However, according to Sport Italia journalist Gianluigi Longari, Manchester United are also now showing an interest.

United have been prioritising finding a new winger in recent months. Jadon Sancho was their main target last summer, but ultimately proved too expensive.

That prompted them to sign youngsters Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo instead. But Raphinha would be more ready to contribute immediately if he was to move to Old Trafford.

Obviously, Leeds want to keep Raphinha. However, a big bid may test their resolve.

A recent report that indicated additional interest from Barcelona and Arsenal suggested that Leeds could sell if they could double their money. That would mean a price tag of at least £34m.

Leeds have Raphinha under contract until 2024.

Battle for Raphina heats up

It was recently suggested that Liverpool could try to win the race for Raphinha by offering a cash-plus-player swap deal.

As per the Daily Express, Xherdan Shaqiri or Divock Origi could be sent to Elland Road as makeweights.

Other options for Leeds to take would be Harry Wilson, Sheyi Ojo and Marko Grujic.

However, with offers expected from other clubs as well, Leeds will have to weigh up all their options carefully.

Selling Raphinha just one year after signing him would not be the ideal scenario, but the cash injection they would require could help them in the bigger picture.

READ MORELeeds chiefs warned of ‘travesty’ that would await if star left for Liverpool

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