Collymore Claims There Is One Big Reason Why 65M Rated Brazilian Should Snub Arsenal And Chelsea For Liverpool

Collymore Claims There Is One Big Reason Why 65M Rated Brazilian Should Snub Arsenal And Chelsea For Liverpool

Ex-Liverpool forward Stan Collymore believes Leeds winger Raphinha would be much better off joining the Reds than either Arsenal or Chelsea.

The Brazilian has been linked with the Merseyside club in the past, and Collymore feels that the player would learn much more under the guidance of manager Jurgen Klopp:

“My message to Liverpool is, ‘Go on, get in there and get him,’ and future proof for the prospect of Salah leaving in a year. If Jurgen Klopp can show the boy how to play with more tactical discipline, the Reds will have one hell of a potential threat down the left or right with a promise of goals if he stays high up the pitch rather than drifting.”

“I look at Chelsea and think they are all right for that kind of player, they have good players left and right. People will say that if you can hone his talent and skills, he can give you the same ‘Wow!’ factor , or at least a similar one, to Eden Hazard, even though they’re different players. But I just don’t see him as an automatic pick there. With Arsenal, he would go there and carry on in the same vein as he plays at Leeds, where I don’t think he is as tactically aware as I’d like him to be, a lot of what he does is off the cuff. But if you’re looking at Klopp and what he has done with Salah and Sadio Mane then he could do the same with Raphinha.”

Leeds are demanding around £65m for Raphinha, and, while it had been reported that his preferred destination was Barcelona, the La Liga side’s inability to meet the asking price has led to Arsenal becoming the frontrunners.

Even though the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham are also said to be still in the race, the Gunners are more advanced with their bid, having scheduled more talks with Leeds to try and find an agreement.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are not expected to make any further additions to the squad this summer, having already broken their club record to sign Darwin Nunez from Benfica.