La Liga giants Barcelona are stepping up their efforts to sign Leeds United forward Raphinha, who is also on the radars of Liverpool and Chelsea.
According to SPORT, Barcelona are beginning to feel confident in completing a transfer for Leeds United winger Raphinha and are now ready to step up their efforts to close the deal. The Blaugrana have long been interested in the Brazil international and are now looking to finalize the details of the move.
The SPORT report states that Raphinha’s proposed move to Barcelona is now entering the ‘decisive phase’. The Catalan giants are preparing a new offer for 25-year-old sporting director Mateu Alemany has reportedly met with Leeds representatives to discuss the terms of a potential deal.
Barcelona are aiming to bring down Leeds’ appreciation for the winger. The Premier League side want at least €50 million for their star striker, but the Blaugrana They hope to reduce the asking price to around 40 million euros. They also want to fine-tune the details as quickly as possible to prevent ‘interference’ from other interested parties.
Xavi Hernandez’s side have the upper hand in their hunt for Raphinha, as the player is also eager to move to Camp Nou. Club president Joan Laporta reportedly made a phone call to clear any doubts in the player’s mind about Barcelona’s financial strength and assured him that the club will do everything in its power to make the deal a reality.
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But Barcelona will have to act quickly as other clubs are also keeping an eye on Raphinha’s situation. Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are all keeping an eye on the Brazilian, but the player’s agent, Deco, is trying to block offers from these Premier League clubs.
Liverpool have been eyeing Raphinha as a possible replacement for Sadio Mane, who is on his way to Bayern Munich this summer. Chelsea, who are planning to renew their attack, have also interestingly set their sights on the 25-year-old as a possible alternative to Barcelona contract rebel Ousmane Dembele.
Manchester United have also acquired a stake in Raphinha. Arsenal were recently linked with a transfer for the winger. They are rumored to be closing a deal for the Brazilian, with claims emerging that they are ready to match Leeds’ valuation of €50million. The Gunners have also offered the player better terms than Barcelona and hope the deal can be finalized this week.
However, Barcelona are now stepping up their efforts to sign the Brazilian. And with the player’s willingness to move to the Camp Nou, a transfer to Spain could be the most likely outcome of this saga.