Raphinha wants to leave Leeds United this summer to play for FC Barcelona, but the cost of the operation could be too high for the Blaugrana group. He was talking in principle of 50 million euros, a figure that could go down to half if the Whites go down. However, now those in Elland Road are asking for 55 ‘kilos’, five more than the original price and 10 more than the current value of the forward on Transfermarkt.
Nevertheless, despite the complexity of the operation, Raphaël Belloli, father of the Brazilian, considers that “andThere are possibilities, but these involve three parties: the interested club, the current one and the player“, said the parent of Carry Cheerful. Besides, he added that “Raphinha is calm because he is okay with it and all the options are up to him. What he knows is what came out in the press, at all more“, punctually Belloli.
The 25-year-old has a deal with Leeds until 2024 and, after his good season in the Premier League, clubs such as Liverpool and Manchester United will seek ficharle in the summer. During the 2021-22 season, the ’10’ added 11 goals and 3 assists in 36 games (2,966 minutes). However, despite interest from other teams, Raphinha will wait until the last moment by Barca. In this sense, the paper of Deco, his agent, plays a fundamental role.
The former culé midfielder is part of the club’s group of collaborators to ‘hunt’ for the talents of Sudamérica and will try to get his representative to end up wearing the Blaugrana T-shirt. Outraged, both the technical body and the manager see him as an excellent successor for Ousmane Dembéléthe one who at these heights has not signed with any club at all, but it is almost a fact his exit from Catalonia.
Lewandowski or Raphinha?
It’s clear that Barca are going to be looking for a striker this summer. Or, perhaps, two, as they allow its economic possibilities to him. The priority is fichar a ‘9’ and Robert Lewandowski is the first option. The Pole has already made clear on repeated occasions his wish to leave Bayern Munich already and arrive at Barcelona, but there are still no formal offers. The eventual sale of Frenkie of Jong and the injection of capital via loans and sponsorships is the most valid route to pay for the operation, but given the delicate financial situation of the club, seems clear that if it happens the Pole descarta to Raphinha.
Barça can’t blame anyone, at the moment, for their problems with the wage bill and the financial limit. At most, the club will find the way in the coming weeks, sales and traspasos, to open a gap for some signings, but to think that the club will spend more than 100 million euros on two attackers is a real sophistry. Thus things, if the directive manages to mess up its finances, it will be necessary to choose irremediably. Lewandowski or Raphinha?