Real Madrid Transfers: 5 under-the-radar moves to consider in 2021

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Leeds, Raphinha
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Leeds RW Raphinha

Raphinha has blossomed in the Premier League for Leeds United this season and is one of the most exciting left-footed attacking talents in England. The Brazilian is having the best season of his career, considering the level of competition he’s facing now. And he’s proven he can raise his game to match the competition.

Although Raphinha is likely to leave to a club a slight step below Real Madrid, I am puzzled as to why we have seen worse players linked to Real in dubious transfer rumors without even a mention of Raphinha. He is not at the level of a Riyad Mahrez or a Mohamed Salah, but how realistic are those superstars?

If Real Madrid need to go for a budget-friendly option in the attack and want a left-footed right winger who can score some goals, why not roll the dice on the 24-year-old Raphinha? He would be a superior option to Marco Asensio.

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The cheapest option is Brahim Diaz, who is two-footed and can play on the right. But Raphinha is still someone to watch. He’s scored six goals with five assists in the Premier League this season. Better yet, per, he has 2.1 key passes per game. We talk a lot about goal-scoring from the wings, but Real’s chance-creation from the wings is not anywhere near Raphinha’s either. I’d keep him in mind as an under-the-radar candidate, even if I concede that he is not among the favorites to join Real Madrid.