Leeds United have reportedly informed Barcelona that they will have to pay a £62 million release clause in order to sign Raphinha, according to Sport. The Catalan outfit are thought to have made an opening offer of around £29 million for the 25-year-old, which was swiftly rejected by the Whites.
Barcelona are among a host of clubs interested in signing Raphinha in the summer, with the likes of PSG, Chelsea and Liverpool also said to be keen. Should he make the move to the Camp Nou, Raphinha would likely provide manager Xavi Hernandez with a replacement for Ousmane Dembele, whose contract is set to expire this summer.
The Brazilian, however, had been in talks over extending his deal at Elland Road earlier this year, though it appears they haven’t made much progress. He is one of a number of key assets who are likely to be the subject of intense speculation this summer, with Kalvin Phillips also having been linked with a move away.
Raphinha has represented superb value for money following his £17 million arrival from Rennes in 2020, netting six goals and providing nine assists in his debut campaign. He has also been one of Leeds’ standout performers in an otherwise difficult season this term, with nine goals and three assists.
His form in both campaigns for Leeds has now enabled him to become a staple on the international stage for Brazil, scoring three times in his seven appearances for the Seleção. It remains to be seen, though, whether Barcelona have the financial muscle to fund the signing of one of Europe’s most sought-after players.
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