As a result of the club’s ongoing financial difficulties, Barcelona has been forced to go through a few rough weeks. It would seem that their present financial difficulties have rendered them unable to pursue a number of their top targets. One of them is Raphinha.
Another damaging report on Barcelona’s dwindling chances of acquiring the striker was recently published by Phil Hay of The Athletic. The article emphasized how unlikely it was that Barcelona would sign the forward.
The very dependable Leeds United journalist believes that the Whites understand Raphinha’s wish to depart Elland Road in the summertime.
Leeds United’s demands for Raphinha:
However, since the striker still has two years left on his present contract, Leeds will not sell him in a deal that involves a significant discount. As a result of the team maintaining its position in the premier league, it is anticipated that they will ask for anywhere between €70 and €80 million for the attacker.
Should Leeds have been demoted to the Championship, Barcelona would have been able to purchase Raphinha for €25 million. However, as luck would have it, the Brazilian player scored the goal that kept Leeds in the Premier League. His goal was the deciding factor. So, the Catalans will have to shell out a significant sum of cash to get his services.
Raphinha was considered to be the best possible player to take Ousmane Dembele’s position at Barcelona. The Catalan club is in the danger of losing the explosive Frenchman through a free transfer.
Barcelona can include players in the deal to reduce the price tag
In contrast, Leeds United is demanding a stunning price tag of €70–80 million for the player. Thus, making it very unlikely that the Spanish giants would be able to sign the player given the current state of the economy.
However, it is anticipated that Barcelona would use their expertise in negotiations to good use. They may try to reduce the cost of the operation by including a few players who are on the team’s periphery in the transaction.
It has been suggested that players such as Oscar Mingueza and Sergino Dest may be used as possible makeweights in the transaction. However, it is still unknown how much money either of these players could potentially bring in over the next summer.