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Leeds United slap €50m price tag on Barcelona target



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Barcelona’s pursuit of Leeds United winger Raphinha, heading into the summer transfer window, is no secret.

The Catalan giants see the Brazilian as the ideal replacement for Ousmane Dembele, who remains on the exit ramp at Camp Nou as his contract stands to expire on June 30.

Talks to sign the 25-year-old former Rennes forward are already underway, with personal terms not expected to be an issue. Raphinha, after all, is represented by former Barcelona superstar Deco, and the club already to have sorted the contractual part of the deal.

Leeds, though, stand as a roadblock for Barça. The Whites are already believed to have rejected an offer of around €35 million for their prized asset from the Blaugrana. Previous reports have claimed that they want his €75 million release clause to be paid in full.

However, according to fresh reports from Mundo Deportivo, Leeds might be willing to relent on their stance, but will still demand a sum of at least €50 million from Barcelona for Raphinha.

The Premier League club are using the Catalans’ deal to sign Ferran Torres in as a standard to set their asking price for the 25-year-old. Barça shelled out €55 million (plus €10 million in add-ons) for the ex-Manchester City ace and Leeds want around the same figure for Raphinha.

However, all that would change in an instant if Jesse Marsch & co. end up getting relegated. Such a scenario would force Leeds to cash in on the winger for a much lower price, with reports indicating that a €25 million release clause could kick in should they face the drop.

It remains to be seen if Barcelona and Leeds can strike an agreement over a transfer fee for the Brazilian international, who has scored nine goals this term, in the coming weeks.

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