Leeds United’s future for Raphinha hinges on Dembele-Barcelona talks
Barcelona could be ready for talks with Ousmane Dembele on Friday, May 27 as they await a decision to sign Leeds United star Raphinha, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Spanish outlet claim that Barca will only be able to sign the 25-year-old Brazil international if 25-year-old Dembele leaves the Nou Camp this summer with his contract expiring due to financial constraints in Catalonia.
It is understood that a new deal has been offered to Dembele and Barcelona want to know by the end of the week if the France international is ready to sign him.
Mundo Deportivo claim that tight talks could take place with Dembele already on Friday in a bid to clarify his situation at the Nou Camp.
However, there is reportedly a feeling at Barca that Dembele will reject the contract and there is a ‘95% chance’ that he leaves and frees up space for Raphinha to swap West Yorkshire for Spain.
Raphinha and her agent Deco would be waiting on the phone for a decision.
If Dembele leaves Barcelona – and based on this update, it’s highly likely he will – it will free up a place in their squad and also the funds for Raphinha to head to the Nou Camp.
Once that happens, there’s no doubt that Barca and Leeds will start negotiations.
It has been widely reported that Raphinha has already agreed personal terms with Barca.
On May 17, Goal reported that Raphinha has already agreed a package at the Nou Camp which will double what he currently earns on his contract at Elland Road.
And while money always talks in the world of football, there are other factors to that which mean Raphinha’s time at Leeds United is surely coming to an end.
He is simply too good to play for a team that was almost relegated to the Championship.
Raphinha’s goals eventually knocked Los Blancos out of the bottom three and earned the club another year of Premier League football.
But he’s not a player who should be doing that – he should be scoring goals to try and win some silverware or earn a place in European competition.
He will do it at Barcelona, there is no doubt.
All we can hope for now is that Leeds get some good pay for the Brazil international, who we will miss dearly but everyone at the club will be delighted once he leaves.
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