There’s a very interesting story splashed all over Portuguese newspaper A Bola today, which claims Liverpool are already in talks with Braga regarding the summer transfer of Rafa Silva – commonly known as Rafa.
They suggest that Jurgen Klopp has been wowed by the midfielder’s Europa League performances, and believes his €20m release clause is very reasonable.
The 22-year-old has excelled domestically and in Europe this term, scoring nine goals and registering four assists in all competitions. He’s won six caps and is set to be a part of Portugal’s Euro 2016 squad, as well.
A Bola claim that this is not a spurious transfer link, and that Liverpool officials are already negotiating with Braga about a potential summer deal.
Rafa is part owned by agent Jorge Mendes, so Liverpool would have to buy half of his contract from the club and half from Mendes if a deal were to come into fruition.
Everton and Manchester United have previously been credited with an interest, while Porto failed to sign Rafa in January.
As a player, Rafa suits Klopp’s style of football. He’s got lovely feet, can pick a pass and has a serious eye for goal. Aesthetically, he reminds us of Coutinho – as he beats players from a standing start and looks to make room for shots with his right foot.
He plays deeper than our Brazilian though, and would be more suited to a central midfield three, although he’s also capable of playing in attacking midfield.
Our only objection would be that he’s too offensive to play in a midfield double pivot, and with a plethora of attacking midfield talent already at our disposal, we’re not exactly sure where Rafa fits in.
Take a look at his highlights from this season and decide for yourselves.