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The pressure to keep up with the competition is always high in soccer. The Saudi Pro League has moved into a new development phase. But suddenly, the quality of teams changed instantly with the last transfer window. This has also influenced Al Hilal to keep pressing. After Neymar’s injury, the club is now looking at a $76 million Barcelona star. But it looks like they will still face competition from Liverpool.

Although it started as competition with rivals, with Al Nassr getting the services of Cristiano Ronaldo, Al Hilal has always shown interest in improving their squad. The most successful club in Asia should live up to its reputation.

Al Hilal is eyeing a European star in competition with Liverpool

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Al Hilal has spent more than $400 million in their last transfer window. After signing Neymar, the team was left disappointed with his repeated injuries. But the team is not giving up on maintaining its squad. It’s reported that the Riyadh-based club is interested in signing $76 million star Raphinha from FC Barcelona.

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The right winger moved to the Catalan club last year and won La Liga in the first year itself. The interest from the Saudi club could be a win-win situation for both teams. Barcelona, which has been in heavy debt for the last few years, can get some relief with the money. On the other hand, Al Hilal will look to get another attacker who can fill in until Neymar arrives. Another advantage is that the Brazilian teammate can also complement Neymar once he returns to the club.

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Raphinha, who recovered from a hamstring injury recently, has not been included in the starting eleven regularly. Taking this as an opportunity, even Liverpool is looking interested in the star. The Reds are also in top form this season and looking for a boost in the attack after rumors of Mohamed Salah leaving resurfaced.

Can Raphinha replace Neymar?

Al Hilal has come into the season without winning much last time. Neymar, being one of the best players in the world, was brought in with the intent of winning titles back. But with his ACL ligament injury, the team is pitching in for the Barcelona winger. But will Raphinha prove effective?

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The Brazilian international and former Leeds United player has the ability to do so. But another factor would be the player’s willingness to leave Europe. At just 26, Raphinha will probably mostly be looking to stay in Europe. The star can have another shot at the UEFA Champions League as his current club is on the verge of qualifying for the knockouts. However, moving to Saudi Arabia cannot be ruled out, as Al Hilal can also offer money as well as titles.