It has been a really successful return season in the Premier League for Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa. Last season's Championship winners are sitting comfortably in mid-table, with a 12-point cushion above the relegation places and half an eye on making a late push for a European spot.
But more than just their league position, Leeds have been arguably the most entertaining side in the Premier League, with their high intensity pressing style contributing to some high-scoring games where they can be as open at the back as they are deadly in attack.
One of their stand-out performers going forward has been Raphinha, who looks to be one of the signings of the season having been picked up from French side Rennes for an initial fee of €17 million last summer. The Brazilian has been sensational at times this season, racking up five goals and five assists in the Premier League so far.
His form has certainly caught the attention of a number of top clubs and pundits, with Jamie Carragher singing his praises on Sky Sports MNF last month and a number of reports linking the player with a move to Liverpool.
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— UOL Esporte (@UOLEsporte) March 6, 2021
But according to new reports from Brazilian outlet UOL, an approach has already been made by Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's side looking to bolster their attacking options for next season. The report outlines that Raphinha is represented by former Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder Deco, who is due to meet with Leeds representatives this month to discuss the options of a summer transfer.
The player is currently under contract at Elland Road until June 2024, so given the form he has produced so far this season, if Leeds are willing to sell they can expect a significant transfer fee to reward their investment. The news will not be welcomed by Leeds fans, who have a haunted past of watching their superstar players make the move to arguably their most hated rival. The signings of Eric Cantona and Rio Ferdinand certainly worked out pretty well for United.
As for Solksjaer, it is interesting to see him in the market for another pacy forward who plays primarily in wide positions, given some of the attacking options already at the club. Raphinha's form for Leeds has been outstanding, so it would be no surprise to see him picked up by one of the top clubs next season.