With the 2021/22 season almost at its end, plans for the new season are underway at Barcelona.
The signings of Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie have reportedly been closed already while the Catalans have also tied down Ansu Fati, Pedri and Ronald Araujo to new contracts, with an extension for Gavi on the way.
The focus is now on signing a new attacker who can man the right flank if Ousmane Dembele’s contract situation does not resolve itself. The Frenchman’s deal expires in less than two months and an agreement is yet to be reached.
With Adama Traore’s transfer unlikely to be made permanent, Barcelona need a new player for the right-wing berth. And, as per Mundo Deportivo, Leeds United’s Raphinha is their priority target in the position.
The Brazilian international has been a huge success since his arrival in England in 2020 and has been critical to Leeds surviving in the Premier League. And Barça are keen on snapping him up in the summer window.
Raphinha is represented by Deco, who has close ties with the Catalan club. It has been claimed that personal terms have already been agreed as the former Rennes star is keen on a move to Camp Nou in the summer.
Negotiations with Leeds, however, are yet to take place. The report adds that Barcelona are waiting to see where the Whites finish the season before beginning talks for their target.
As things stand, Leeds are just two points clear of the relegation zone with four games left. Should they end up getting relegated from the Premier League, Raphinha would be available for a much lesser price in the summer.
And Barça are waiting to see how the rest of the season plays out before starting negotiations. The player, for his part, is clear that he wants to join Camp Nou in the summer and is not entertaining any other offers that he has on the table.
The operation, though, will hinge on Leeds’ Premier League status. If they survive relegation, Barcelona might find it difficult to pay the asking price for Raphinha. But if Jesse Marsch & co. drop to the Championship, the 25-year-old would be much more affordable for the club.