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25-year-old Liverpool target winger open to Barcelona switch: Fabrizio Romano



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The January transfer window completely revamped Barcelona’s attack. The new arrivals have settled into Xavi’s system with ease and the team now scores goals for fun.

One of the players who has made a big difference for the side is Ousmane Dembele. The Frenchman has rediscovered his best form and has seven assists in his last eight games.

With the 24-year-old’s contract expiring in June, Barcelona are on a hunt for a replacement. One of the players scouted to be the team’s next forward star is Raphinha.

According to fresh reports from Fabrizio Romano, the Leeds United player is open to joining Barcelona in the summer. His agent, Deco, shares an excellent relationship with the Catalan club and talks have been ongoing since March 9th.

There has not yet been any discussion between the clubs regarding a transfer, as Barcelona wait for more clarity on Leeds’ situation in the Premier League.

The Blaugranas are said to have made a €35 million offer for the player and seek to sign him on a five-year deal. However, there is a release clause of €25 million in his contract if the Premier League side get relegated.

Earlier today, it was revealed that Raphinha has an Italian passport, thereby allowing him to join the club without occupying a non-EU spot.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich were amongst the other parties interested in the Brazilian’s signing. However, Deco’s role in the negotiations and Chelsea’s recent sanctions place Barcelona in the driver’s seat. Further, Bayern have seemingly backed out of the race too.

In 26 Premier League starts this season, Raphinha has scored nine goals and provided three assists. He has created nine big chances and has missed five. With 2.1 key passes per game, he is without question one of the most creative players in the league.

Leeds are currently seven points clear of the relegation zone but have played more games than Watford and Burnley. Needless to say, a large part of the negotiations depends on which division they play next season.

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