Reports suggest Leeds have made it clear they will only sell Raphinha on their own terms despite Barcelona being in 'advanced talks' with the Brazi
Reports suggest Leeds have made it clear they will only sell Raphinha on their own terms despite Barcelona being in ‘advanced talks’ with the Brazilian winger. The 25-year-old Selecao international, who was signed from Stade Rennes in the summer of 2020, looks set to leave Elland Road this summer in search of Champions League football.
Yet Leeds’ survival has only strengthened their position when it comes to keeping the forward and they believe they hold all the cards when it comes to any sale.
Raphinha cut an emotional figure at the end of Leeds’ final home game of the season as he sat all alone against the goalpost.
Barcelona have been in background talks with his agent and their former player Deco for many months but to date, no deal has been struck.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Leeds have made it clear the move will only happen on two conditions: £47m is the asking price and the payment cannot be staggered across several instalments.
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“Not at all. He is 100 per cent invested,” Marsch said last month.
“His emotion, which has been talked about, can be interpreted as lack of discipline. I see it as total investment. That part has been no thought for me.”
Barcelona may need to clear the decks this summer in order to splash the cash.
They encountered huge financial trouble last summer because of the number of players they were signing and now Xavi has to trim his squad down.
Leeds and Barcelona have done business in recent times when the Whites signed left-back Junior Firpo in an £12.8m deal.
There has also been an array of Premier League interest in Raphinha, too.
Chelsea were the frontrunners before the club were hit by sanctions due to Roman Abramovich’s ownership of the club.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool have also considered moves and could swoop if Barcelona fail to pounce.