Manchester United have had a slow start to life under Erik ten Hag with the Dutchman unable to conclude any business in the transfer window so far.
They are fighting hard to sign one of the Dutchman’s former players in Frenkie de Jong but a move is taking a while to conclude.
What’s the word?
De Jong isn’t the only player United are trying to sign right now with the club reportedly in negotiations to sign Leeds United forward Raphinha.
That’s according to an outlet in Spain, via The Faithful MUFC, who claims that the Red Devils have offered him huge terms while a bid has even been submitted to Leeds in order to sign him.
Raphinha is valued at around £60m so won’t come cheap this summer if a new-look Man United want to conclude a deal.
The player’s agent Deco, has received several phone calls from the English camp asking for information about his situation and willingness to move across the Pennines.
A player who ‘oozes class’
The race for Raphinha this summer is a hotly contested one with the likes of Barcelona, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal also eyeing a move for the Brazilian.
He has lit up the Premier League in his first two campaigns in England, scoring 17 goals and registering 11 assists in 64 games.
Those numbers aren’t out of this world but they paint a picture of a winger with a considerable amount of potential to progress further.
At the age of 25, he is now reaching his prime and pivotally from a United perspective, is a proven player in the English top-flight.
Those attacking numbers, however, would help what was an unconvincing top line for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick last term with Cristiano Ronaldo the only man to score more than ten goals in 2021/22.
Raphinha would certainly help boost that with the “magician” in the words of Dan James, rapidly improving.
Pundit Noel Whelan summed up the Leeds star, even suggesting that he’s better than one of the world’s greatest entertainers. He said: “There’s not many flair players who do as much as he does off the ball, either. He’s not afraid of digging in, doing the horrible work.
“You wouldn’t see Neymar putting in the work that Raphinha does, he’s better than him in that aspect.
“He oozes quality when he’s out there on the field, and he makes the whole stadium sit up and take notice.”
With that in mind, it’s hard to argue against him being a superb signing at Old Trafford. If ten Hag can seal a deal, it would be a significant coup and one that helps take them to the next level.