Liverpool must think very carefully before they pursue a move for in-form Leeds United winger Raphinha.
That is according to ex-Leeds right-back Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to this site after Football Insider first broke the news on 6 February that Liverpool have set their sights on a potential summer move for the 24-year-old.
Raphinha has been in superb form of late and has made five goal contributions — two goals three assists — in his last five matches.
The zippy winger only arrived at Elland Road in October, joining from Ligue 1 side Rennes in a £17million deal.
But Mills questioned whether Raphinha would have a significant role in the Liverpool team given that it is already awash with world-beating talent.
“You have to wait until the offers come in, that’s the most important thing,” he told Football Insider.
“It’s all well and good saying people are looking, clubs are interested, but to what extent?
“Liverpool are looking at every single team in the Premier League week in, week out.
“That’s what you have to consider. Yes, he’s played well. He’s had some very, very good games. But someone needs to put some money down on the table first.
“Where does he fit into that Liverpool side with Jota coming back into it? You’ve got Salah, Mane, Firmino. He’s got to think he might go there and not play, and is that what he wants?
“Undoubtedly, he’s a very, very talented player. But a lot of those clubs will also be thinking that it’s only been 10 games that we’ve seen that. So, yes, they’ll all be looking at him and seeing how he does from now until the end of the season.
“He’s had 10 good games, maybe three outstanding games. And two or three good performances don’t get you a move in this day and age.”
Raphinha played 36 times in his single season with Rennes, scoring eight and assisting another seven.
He began his career in his homeland with Avai before moving to Portugal where he enjoyed stints with Vitoria Guimaraes and Sporting.