Barcelona, over the summer transfer window, lost three forwards within a span of a few weeks that left their attack severely hampered.
It started with PSG triggering Ousmane Dembele’s €50 million release clause. The Frenchman had initially committed his future at the club, and was reportedly happy, but left once his home country came calling.
Ansu Fati and Ez Abde, too, left in search of game-time during the later stages of the window. The former joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan for the season, while the latter left for Real Betis on a permanent transfer.
Eventually, Barcelona loaned in Joao Felix, who had a solid start to life at the club, but has now faded away.
A bigger disappointment than him, though, has been Raphinha, who was expected to be the main man for the team alongside Robert Lewandowski, but has failed to make the most of his chances this season.
Barcelona are reportedly not too keen on keeping him, and have set a price tag of €70 million on him, hoping to move him on either during the January transfer window or the summer of 2024, as per a report by FootballTransfers.
The report states that Barcelona were ready to cash in on him during the winter of 2023 itself, but their €100 million price tag put off suitors like Arsenal and Newcastle United, who were leading the race for his signature.
Chelsea, Newcastle, Arsenal in the mix
Raphinha was initially expected to join Chelsea in the summer of 2022, and had already agreed personal terms with the Blues before ditching them in favour of a move to the Camp Nou.
Chelsea are still expected to be in the mix for his signature come next year, alongside Newcastle United, who want to reinforce their attack now that they are in the Champions League.
Arsenal could also be in the mix, but Raphinha could face incredible competition in North London, with star boy Bukayo Saka in charge of the right-wing spot.
Raphinha wants to stay
The problem for Barcelona, however, is that Raphinha has not desire to leave the club right now. He has publicly stated his love for the city and the team and is not ready to move on just yet.
Last season, he was facing competition with Ousmane Dembele on the right-wing, but now that the Frenchman has departed the club, he has no excuse to be losing his spot to 16-year-old Lamine Yamal.
Raphinha has played in nine games this season, while starting only three, while scoring two goals and giving one assist. He also suffered a one-month lay off due to a hamstring injury during this time.