PSG 'join Liverpool in race for Leeds winger Raphinha
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PSG 'join Liverpool in race for Leeds winger Raphinha

French giants Paris Saint Germain will fight Liverpool for the services of Leeds United forward Raphina.

Raphina was a subject of speculation last summer with the Reds said to have enquired for him as they looked for an understudy for Mohammed Salah after the departure of Shaqiri but a deal wasn't reached.

The 24-year-old has impressed at the start of this season and is one of Marcelo Bielsa's go-to players, netting three times in eight league matches since August and it is believed that Liverpool might come in for him again in January.

And according to TeamTalk, PSG have now joined Liverpool in the race for Raphinha, with the French giants' interest in the Leeds man stemming from Neymar's admiration of the player.

Rafinha and Neymar have been linking up together at international duty with Brazil, with the Leeds winger making a very good impression in the most recent round of fixtures earlier this month.

The 24-year-old's debut for the Selecao saw him register two assists in a 3-1 comeback victory over Venezuela, before scoring a brace on his first start for Brazil in a 4-1 win over Uruguay later that month.

The players' agent is former Barcelona midfielder Deco, who failed to promise if the player will stay at the club.

And according to Deco, Leeds is planning to hold on to Raphinha for at least another season but remained coy about how long the 24-year-old would end up staying at Elland Road.

"There are certainly many clubs interested in him,' Deco told Brazilian publication Globo earlier this month. "Liverpool do like him and there were some approaches, but nothing official. Leeds wanted to keep him for another season."

Raphinha moved to Leeds in October 2020 in a £17million move from French club Rennes and has scored nine goals in 38 matches for the Whites.