Sources: Liverpool block 26-yr-old from leaving in swap deal

Liverpool have no plans to sanction a swap deal which would see Luis Diaz join Barcelona and Raphinha head the other way, sources have told Football Insider.

Reports in Spain have suggested the Brazil international, 26, could head to Anfield as part of a deal for Reds star Diaz.

However, a well-placed source has told Football Insider that Liverpool would not entertain offers for the Colombia international.

Diaz has become a firm fan favourite on Merseyside since his arrival in January 2022.

The 26-year-old has notched four goals and one assist in 14 appearances across all competitions this season – including a crucial equaliser against Luton earlier this month.

Diaz’s father has recently revealed the winger is a “loyal fan” of Barcelona and “dreams” of playing for the Catalan giants in the future.

But nevertheless, it is believed there is nothing in reports linking Liverpool with a potential swap deal involving ex-Leeds star Raphinha.

The Reds star joined the Anfield club from Porto for a reported £37million and signed a five-and-a-half-year deal.

He earns a reported wage of £55,000-a-week on Merseyside.

The winger has played 61 total games for Liverpool, notching 15 goals and nine assists and helping the Reds win the FA Cup and League Cup.

Meanwhile, Raphinha has fallen out of favour at La Liga champions Barcelona under Xavi.

The 26-year-old, who cost a reported £55million last summer (2022), has notched two goals and three assists in 11 appearances across all competitions this term.

Liverpool may be forced to make a big addition on the right flank next summer – with Mohamed Salah still a top target for Saudi Pro League clubs.

Football Insider revealed earlier this month (4 November) that Salah has verbally agreed a move to the Middle East at the end of the 2023-24 campaign.


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