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New asking price by Leeds has negatively impacted Barcelona’s chances of signing Raphinha



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Leeds United’s survival from the threat of relegation from the Premier League is having adverse effects on Barcelona’s transfer plans heading into the summer window.

The Catalan giants were plotting a swoop for Leeds winger Raphinha and would have stood a chance of signing him for a fee of just €25 million if the Whites had gotten relegated from the Premier League.

However, now that they have retained their status as a top-flight club for another season the €25 million price tag is out of the window. Instead, Leeds United are now demanding a sum of €55 million plus variables for Raphinha from Barcelona.

It has led to complications for the Catalan giants, who are now rethinking their pursuit of the 25-year-old Brazilian international, reports Relevo.

As per the report, the Leeds United winger continues to remain on the agenda for Barcelona but is now seen as less of a priority than before due to the increased price tag. Given the club’s financial situation, such a stance is understandable.

Furthermore, what complicates matters for Barça is that Raphinha is attracting interest from several other clubs in the Premier League who are in a much healthier financial state, meaning they have a better chance of landing the winger than the Catalan giants.

Raphinha has been a huge success at Leeds United since arriving from Rennes in 2020. The 25-year-old played a key role in the Whites staying in the Premier League in their first season back in the top-flight in 2020/21 and was once again crucial to their survival in the recently concluded campaign.

With Ousmane Dembele on his way out, Barcelona had identified the Brazilian as a top candidate to replace him and were confident of landing him.

However, the increased valuation and interest from other clubs in England could hamper the Catalans’ chance of landing Raphinha.

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